Epithet on America’s tombstone: “I seemed like a good idea at the time”
In the wake of the attacks in Brussels, some U.S. politicians are already calling for a ban of refugees and immigrants from countries in which the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) controls territory.
Rather than justifying a refugee ban, this latest attack should act as a reminder why the United States should take the lead on welcoming those fleeing ISIS. Accepting refugees is clearly important from a humanitarian standpoint, but it is also good for America’s national security.
While there is no evidence that any Syrians were involved in the Brussels attack, we know that the threat from refugees to the United States is entirely overblown. Since 1980, when the U.S. began its modern refugee program, the U.S. has accepted almost 3 million refugees, including hundreds of thousands from the Middle East, and not one has successfully carried out an act of so-called terrorism in the United States.