Addison B. Arkansas


Syrian refugees want to seek shelter in the United States. Should we let them?

Dear Future President,     

     Immigration is a delicate subject in the United States. Should we let in Syrian refugees? America is known for being the place where people can come from anywhere to live the "American dream." But is this becoming a safety issue? I see both sides of the argument. 

     On one hand, letting them in is the right thing to do. Morally, it would be wrong to deny women and children refugees the right to enter the US. It specifically says in the bible that we are supposed to provide for refugees and give them shelter. I know that if my country was being torn apart by war, I would want some where safe to go. 

     On the other side, having refugees come, from a country that we are at war with, is a bad idea. There have already been terrorist attacks within the US performed by immigrants that have pledged to ISIS and other terrorist groups. For our safety, we should keep them out.

     What we really need, is to find a middle ground. 

     We need to make the process of coming to the United States more complicated. People can basically just show up and walk in. Illegal immigrants come to the US all the time. That's where we have safety issues. We need to be running more background checks and having more safety precautions taken. That is the only real way to prevent immigrants from causing problems in the United States. 

     The refugee situation has become a serious problem, but I do believe that we could have avoided this problem all together by minding our own business and letting the crisis in the middle east settle itself.  


Addison Butler

Searcy High School

Ms. Simpson's PAP American History Class

Searcy High School Searcy, AR

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