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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Americans Balk at Taking More Refugees

Europe has a problem. Thousands upon thousands of Middle Easterners, most claiming to be refugees from the Syrian civil war, have descended upon Europe in pursuit of refuge - and economic gain. Many Europeans aren’t thrilled with the prospect of more low-income, low-skill newcomers. But the bureaucrats of the European Union don’t seem to care what voters think and have come up with a plan to share the thousands throughout the continent.

A similar situation is developing here. President Obama initially volunteered to take 10,000 of these migrants into the United States. Then over the weekend Secretary of State John Kerry announced that America will take up to an additional 100,000 by the end of 2017. U.S. voters don’t like that idea, with 49% unwilling to take any refugees from the Middle East at all, and another 20% only willing to take the 10,000 the president originally offered asylum to. But again the government doesn’t seem to care what voters think.

Voters here are overwhelmingly concerned, too, about the national security implications of inviting in thousands of additional Middle Easterners. It’s unlikely we’ve heard the last of this yet.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Fran Coombs.