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Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose White House Plan to Accept 10K Syrian Refugees

Americans are hardly thrilled with the Obama administration’s plan to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees, according to a new Quinnipiac poll:

American voters oppose 53 – 41 percent admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. over the next year. Democrats support admitting refugees 60 – 33 percent, with Republicans opposed 71 – 24 percent and independent voters divided with 45 percent supporting the extra refugees and 48 percent opposed.

Notably, 58 percent of poll respondents thought that admitting Syrian refugees “would pose a threat to the national security of the United States.”

The plight of many migrants is lamentable, but Americans’ concerns are not illegitimate. German citizens are probably reconsidering in the wake of news from the town of Nieheim:

A woman in Germany is being evicted from her home of 16 years to make way for asylum-seekers, amid growing concerns over how Germany will find accommodation for the hundreds of thousands of refugees flooding into the country.

Bettina Halbey, a 51-year-old nurse, has lived alone in her flat in the small western German town of Nieheim since her children grew up.

On September 1, she received a letter from her landlord, the local municipality, telling her the building was being turned into a refugee shelter and she had until next May to leave.

However “compassionate” it may be, taking in refugees is never a cost-free proposition. The Obama administration should be forced to answer some hard questions before welcoming Syrian refugees en masse.

Ian Tuttle — Ian Tuttle is the former Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow at the National Review Institute.

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