The post-Paris climate of fear has some odd targets in its cross hairs. Most of the action centers around the call by Republican leaders to end the (very slow) trickle of Syrian refugees into the U.S. because, to paraphrase, “ISIL agents are definitely infiltrating the refugee system.” By now many leaders and organizations have done an incredible job dismantling that notion on both practical and moral grounds. Immune to the facts, the House of Representatives passed the SAFE Act which, if passed by the Senate, makes the vetting process so convoluted and impossible that it will surely end the program altogether. And it wasn’t just a Republican affair, 47 Democrats gave their stamp of approval to this effort to turn away victims of ISIL. Protecting the homeland is high stakes, but resettling refugees is not what perpetuates the real danger.

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