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I understand the gut reaction calling for an end to Syrian immigration but it's the wrong reaction.

America has always been about taking in the "huddled masses yearning to breathe free." And most of these Syrian refugees are yearning to be free from the hell ISIS (and Assad) has made of Syria.

Are there terrorists who will try to infiltrate into the US among the refugees? Absolutely. Will continuing Syrian immigration eventually cost lives in the US? No way to be sure, but I'd bet yes.

But that's who Americans are (or should be). It's the basis of the country, our guiding philosophy. We have lived by it and, when necessary, have died for it. None of that should change.

But if that's not enough for you to put aside your fear of Syrian immigrants, the vast majority of whom just want to live in a place without the daily fear of being murdered, think about it this way.

ISIS wants us to cut off Syrian immigration. They want these people to be stuck in the hell they have created. And they want to be able to say to Muslims all around the world that America HATES Muslims. They want a clash of civilizations.

I can think of no better way to tell ISIS to go fuck themselves than by making it clear that we do not hate all Muslims, we hate the medieval barbarism of ISIS. The best way to do that is to continue to allow Syrian refugees to come here and make it clear that our core values as a nation will not be changed by their threats.

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