Fear kills who we are as a society. If we give in to the fear that terrorists inflict, we will find it hard to come back. Following the early and ultimately false reports that the Paris terrorists may have entered Europe as a refugee, over half of our nation’s governors have said that they will no longer accept Syrian refugees to their states. In reality, the governors can not do much to block the resettlement of refugees – but their words carry weight. The statements range from temporary restrictions to hysteria borne out of ignorance or bigotry. Pundits can pontificate about imagined threats, but elected officials should be held to a higher standard. President Obama spoke very clearly on this issue while responding to press at the G20 summit. He highlighted the fact many appear to be ignoring, that the refugees are victims of this same terrorism, “that’s what they’re fleeing. Slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values.” The tens of thousands of refugees leaving Syria are escaping a dictator’s brutal crackdown and a terrorist group that built itself up in the chaos of a crumbling Syrian state. To say that we will close our doors to people that have had their lives shattered betrays who we are as Americans and citizens of the world. Make no mistake ISIL attacks all of us in every act of savagery they commit. This is not a time to put up barriers and paint the world in black and white as groups like ISIL would have it. Those calling for a ‘religious test’ should be condemned in the strongest terms. President Obama said those suggesting we admit only Christians and not Muslims are “shameful” and “not American.” Refugees are not the enemy and we must not position them as a threat to be shut out. This is a time to embrace openness to find strength in solidarity to end ISIL and the fear and hate they seek to spread.