Should California continue to accept Syrian refugees?

South San Francisco, CA    November 19, 2015 

As we all watch the happenings around the world, especially in light of the recent terrorist attacks in France,  many different views of how to handle the Syrian refugee crisis have been shared. ABC NEWS published a post on their facebook page the other day asking Should California continue to accept Syrian refugees as Governor Brown publicly announced there would be no threat to our security and we should continue to allow more to into our State. (It should be noted that the States do not have the right to veto the Federal government ruling on this issue.)  We shared the ABC News article on our facebook page to see how our local neighbors felt on this issue. From the responses we see that locally we are about as divided on this as we are nationally. Below is the article and the responses from our facebook page (please remember grammar & spelling are not common concerns when posted on social media).

We ask you the question ABC News posed:  ‘Should California continue to accept Syrian refugees?’

Dino This guy makes my HATE my own state.. frown emoticon

Mahkato Normally I’m open to immigration and all of this,as a citizen of an open minded country,but in my heart I just don’t feel safe about this one

Phil. Governors have no authority on who comes in or out of their state. State lines are for the sole purpose of Taxing. It’s a sad state this country is in to think so many Governors would not know what they are talking about

Wilfredo I’m so conflicted on this.

Christine Who is going to support them financially? They most likely will not speak english, so it will be a long time before they will be able to get a job. I just feel that we need to care for our own first. Like the elderly and vets.

Dirk Not at this time you cannot allow them to come in until we are certain that any background checks can be substantiated. Lets take care of our veterans with the money instead.

Phil You know our vets were thrown under the bus by the republican party right?

Marion Please explain in detail.

Dirk Phil did I comment about political parties? Don’t think so…

Phil I never said you did I was merely asking if you knew about it.

Kevin NO… Take care of America first

Skuba How about taking care of our homeless and Vets first?

Phil To think that any terrorist attacks would come from them before US sympathizers of ISIS is just wrong. I believe most if not all the terrorist attackers in Paris were French Nationalists.

Marco Think again !!!

Phil you do realize that any refugees will be screened right? And that the terrorist attacks in France were perpetrated by French Nationalists?

Belinda  I too am conflicted but here’s a thought from FOX’S Shep Smith on this video

“In the face of terror, will we panic, or be calm and deliberative in approach?” Smith said in a heartfelt if stilted delivery. “Confronted with those who want to change our way of life, will we abandon our freedoms and the rights granted to us by the Creator or will we welcome huddled masses yearning to breathe free? Our shining city on a hill is vulnerable. We’ve always known that. If we change it to accommodate the savages, have they won? And what then would be left to protect? We profess to stand as an example for all the world. Our unique experiment in freedom, tolerance, openness and equality is our gift to societies and peoples everywhere. Come, join us. Enjoy a chance at the American dream. Today, we mourn, but we cannot allow ourselves to become like those who want to destroy us. We cannot resort to the tactics of the barbarians. We must fight for what we believe in and who we are, guard our freedoms faithfully for the generations to follow. And we must not let the rhetoric of potential and political extremists among us lead us to self-destruction. When there’s panic, we show resolve. When there’s calm for extremism, we resist. We are America. We must lead.”

Phil: Perfect Belinda. smile emoticon

Phil to Mahkato think about what we did the the Japanese, we should not go back to that

John No. Easy for him, he has armed guards around him.

Mahkato How about the 200,000 homeless Veterans for fought for our country?

In response to Mahkato Phil posted the following weblinks with the comment “That’s why it’s important to voteMilitary Groups Slam Republicans for Killing A Bill Supporting Veterans, Military Groups Blast Republicans For Killing A Bill Supporting Veterans,

Travis yes we should if we are who we say we are as Americans then we should have no fear … but if we go the way of rethuglicons then we are a poor shadow of the once great nation we were

Ricky Is this guy stupid or something?

Phil I wonder if our country thought this way about the Irish? they were some of the biggest terrorists around, yet we let them in

Sara NO!!!

Zachary NO.

Phil to Mahkato good question.

Alpio No.. Plus Mexico is or wants to accept them , then they will come in that way

Lynn no whats wrong with you gov brown

Ryan A big FFFFAAAAATT NO

Sirhc I’m pretty sure we don’t have a choice since immigration is a federal thing. Yea we should help them but I mean…we can’t help our own homeless. How are we gonna be of any help when we can’t even take care of our own

David Hellz No! Who gives a fuck about our own homeless and veterans. When we invite refugees, we ignore our own? California sucks.

Lorna No

Ronna No, no and No!

Jennifer No

Kristin No. Just no.

Erich NO!!!

David California is a state and cannot control immigration policy. I wish this meme would be reported correctly.

Frank come on Christians, start acting like Christians, and not hypocrites!

Mark they hate Christians and xmas

Rose I don’t think the state has a choice though… our state borders are open.

Phil. Whats amazing is the people on this post who think Brown has a say in this, W O W…

Deseio My family came to this country from Germany after World War I in search of a better life. It’d be hypocritical for me to say that these people shouldn’t be allowed.

Marilyn No

Karen What part of California? They surely won’t be able to live in the Bay Area without welfare.

Dale NO!

Barbra Hell No, absolutely not the States must stand up to the disgrace we call a president

Charlotte No! Yes I’m a Christian and believe in helping people, but I am not stupid, why would I want a possible terrorist as a neighbor? Be real people!

Brian Then you are NOT a Christian, you are a liar.

Mark to Brian they hate Christians cheers to Charlotte

Joyce The fact that your calling them “possible terrorists” based on religion says a lot about yourself.

Montiel Well. The USA is welcome in terrorist, but can’t stand immigrants.

Serafina Darn terrorists (and posted this link – Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian Refugee)

Renee I don’t know about coming to San Francisco because it’s so expensive here and then they have to go on welfare and we would be paying for it

David Are those of you saying “no” really prepared to argue with George Washington and Franklin Roosevelt? Are you prepared to kick all the Mexicans out because they might be affiliated with a cartel/gang? That’s absurd.
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
-Franklin Roosevelt-
“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges…”
“I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.”
-George Washington-

Marco Different times my friend !!

David to Marco how are they different? (David shares a link to ‘What Americans thought of Jewish refugees on the eve of WWII‘)

Pamela I just wrote this on someone else’s timeline……. It doesn’t matter from what I heard today on the news. Seems that governors are not given the right to decide, but that it’s coming from the Federal gov’t, so those that are refusing will have to accept.

Barbra No!!!

William put the Muslims in San Francisco ,,, Marin county …Oakland …..

Edward He’s an idiot !!!!!

Nancy Jesus didn’t say help the brown man in or the yellow man or the white man he said to help the man. Christians should be helping those in need everyday not just today because you are scared of the what if’s. If we were to really look at our country we are made up of immigrants. We, unless you are American Indian who were here long before the Spaniards came to this country. We did this to the Jews in 1939 turning away boat loads of people. Its a test people…

Pat Brown must go

Brian Yes. As many as will fit.If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, you cannot say no.

Carli I sure as HELL CAN

Brian Targonsky We already had one Holocaust. Don’t set up another.When you change your behavior out of the fear of being a victim of terrorism, the terrorists have won.
When you allow terrorists to choose your enemies for you, the terrorists have won.
The best response to terrorism is to live your life without fear, and without enemies.
Warm, safe, well-fed and educated individuals do not engage in terrorism.
How about we work to get people there, instead of trying to kill them? When we fail to kill them, we just make make more terrorists.

Laura Are you nuts ?

John No

Diana No no no

Deborah Oh he is a jackass

Yolanda It’s a federal issue…why are we arguing over this..states don’t have a say in it.
Don’t claim to be Christian and then say no….

Dawn No new refugees until they have an authentic and accurate method of vetting individuals!

Jeff Not just no, but hell no!

Elizabeth YES!

Kali Thats the Christmas spirit yall! Bunch of xenophobic racist on this thread! But ignorance is bliss… But many of these are your neighbors and doesn’t seem to be a problem right?(Kali shares a link to ‘FBI: White supremacist suspects planned to bomb black church)

Mark the Syrians don’t like us why take then in why spend millions on them lets spend it on our vet or our homeless France was the 1st to take in the middle easterns look at France now they can’t control them there anti christian

Lori No

Emily No California should not accept Syrian refugees

Rich Sure why not whats another 2 million people this guy needs to get his head out of his ass!!

Charlotte Yes, some of my family came as immigrants-legally through all the red tape, for a better life, not as terrorists and trouble makers. They did not speak English when they arrived either, but they learned the language because they wanted to become Americans. The terrorists hate Americans, they do not want to become Americans.

Sandy Take care of our own. The people of CA deserve help first. Get a grip Brown!

Angela Yes please! Over the long run refugees are assets to their new communities. They would be an asset to ours.

Carli Shariah law is such an asset huh?HELL NO…And they will bring in their shariah law as well. Close the damn borders build the damn wall TRUMP 2016

John to Brian :As a good christian, how many refugees can we send to your house? And remember, you don’t get to choose which ones (there is no vetting). If that’s too much to ask, how about just taking in some of our homeless vets right here in the US of A.

 

 

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