Republicans to Obama: Keep Syrian refugees out

Daily News Article - November 18, 2015


1. a) What similar announcement did almost half of all governors make this week after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris?
b) Why did the governors take this step?

2. How did President Obama respond to this news by mostly Republicans?

3. a) For what reason are these governors opposed to accepting refugees from Syria?
b) What are they calling on Congress to do?

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4. What did Republican presidential front-runner Ben Carson call on Congress to do? - Why did he urge Congress to take this action?

5. Describe the legislation Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul has introduced.

6. a) What did Speaker of the House Paul Ryan do/say regarding President Obama’s plan to take 10,000 Syrian refugees? Be specific.
b) Do you agree with Speaker Ryan? Explain your answer.

7. Do you agree with Republican governors who say they do not want to accept any Syrian refugees because they are concerned with the vetting process? Explain your answer.

8. NY Congressman Peter King (R-LI), former chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, said accepting refugees from Syria is dangerous. “There is virtually no vetting because there are no databases in Syria,” he said.“We don’t know who those people are. … They are rolling the dice here, and we know that ISIS wants to bring in terrorists with these refugees.”
Presidential candidate and US Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said, “The problem is, we can’t background-check them. You can’t pick up the phone and call Syria, and that’s one of the reasons why I said we won’t be able to take more refugees.”
What do you think of these assertions? Explain your answer.