- - Thursday, October 6, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

For five long years, Syrian residents have been suffering on an epic scale. At least 250,000 people have been killed, and many of the survivors are starving and homeless. Embattled people immigrate to the United States, not just for a better future — but any future. The lives of Syrians, and residents of other troubled countries, are at risk every day. We have a leadership responsibility and a moral obligation to help all people in need.

If the United States wants to command status as a world leader, we need to set an example. Accepting refugees helps to create a more homogeneous country, and infuse new culture and diversity. Terrorism is a convenient excuse for tougher immigration standards. This fear should not prevent us from being responsive. By ignoring our responsibilities, we are succumbing to populist fears stoked by inflammatory remarks in an election year.

ALEXA HURKAMP

Annandale

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