Scapegoating the Refugee Program Solves Nothing

Communications Associate

November 30, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the context of a refugee program that emphasizes security at every turn, the attack Monday at Ohio State University was an aberration.

Security is paramount, and refugees undergo extensive screening. In addition, based on data from the past 40 years, the Cato Institute has found that the risk of terrorism among immigrants and refugees is minuscule.

For years Americans have united behind our country’s longstanding tradition of welcoming refugees — who have fled violence and oppression, passed security checks and contribute to our communities — through the existing secure process.

“Our safety should be the greatest priority. Our refugee admission process has multiple layers of strict security screening, and our society becomes more and more inclusive every day,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “The vast majority of refugees are indispensable contributors to our society who live peacefully in our neighborhoods.”