Leaders across the country – including North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory – are calling for a hold on accepting Syrian refugees. But WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports that a terrorism specialist from UNCW says this move won’t decrease the threat of terror. In fact, it may increase it.
Professor Daniel Masters teaches Terrorism & Counterterrorism at UNCW. He says banning refugees is playing into a terrorist strategy:
“What terrorists want countries to do is to default on their brand. So, as a country, the United States is perceived as this liberal, Democratic country. We’ve always been a very open, immigrant-based country. So, if you can create a situation where you show the United States starting to act like, say, the Soviet Union during the Cold War, where we’re throwing up walls, we are trying to limit the movement of people. Well, then that just takes the entire image we have of our country and just throwing it out the window.”
Masters says that creates a propaganda victory for the terrorists. His proposed solution? Welcome the immigrants and make them feel accepted, so they develop an affinity for the United States.
Governor McCrory has stated that North Carolina should not receive any additional refugees until he is satisfied with the thoroughness and effectiveness of federal background and security checks.