While many of the Republican presidential candidates and a growing number of Republican governors debate whether the U.S. should admit Syrian refugees – the mayor of Roanoke, Virginia has suggested imprisoning them in internment camps, the way the U.S. imprisoned some of its own citizens during World War II – President Obama gave them a lesson this week in leadership and what it means to be American when he said:
When I hear folks say that: ‘Well, maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims,’ when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who’s fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful. That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion.