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Divided Over Syrian Refugees
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would severely undercut President Obama's plan to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States to escape violence and civil war. The bill, which requires additional background checks on all Syrian refugees seeking entry into the U.S., came on the heels of the November 13 ISIS terrorist attacks on Paris, which killed at least 130 people. While President Obama has vowed to veto the bill, at least 31 governors, mostly Republicans, have said they will try to block Syrian refugees from entering their states.
  1. Who is the man in the cartoon, and what does he represent?
  2. What conflicting messages are displayed on the posters? Why is one blue and the other red?
  3. What well-known motto is the cartoonist playing on? What point do you think he's trying to make?
  4. A recent Bloomberg national poll showed that more than 50 percent of Americans want the nation to stop letting in Syrian refugees. Do you think preventing Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. will make the U.S. safer? Explain.
  5. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have arrived in Europe so far this year, sparking a crisis for nations struggling to cope with the influx. Do you think the U.S. has an obligation to take in some of these refugees? Why or why not?
  6. What sort of screening processes, if any, should the U.S. implement to ensure that incoming refugees aren't terrorists?