A letter was sent to President Obama by 72 House Democrats on Friday asking the President to increase the amount of Syrian refugees the U.S. is taking in to 100,000.
They said that America has not done enough to resettle Syrians displaced by their civil war.
“The number of Syrian refugees that the United States has resettled since the start of the conflict- approximately 1,500- is insufficient in light of the current crisis,” the letter stated.
While they were pleased the president was increasing the number to 10,000, they thought that number was still too small especially considering the millions that Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan have taken in.
The letter, spearheaded by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), failed to mention that the gulf states like Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia have not taken in a single refugee. This is despite the fact that they speak the same language, in the same region, and a majority share the same faith.
“It is our moral duty, as a nation founded on the principles of equality and freedom, to do what we can to assist our brethren who are in desperate turmoil, and are searching for the slightest gesture of goodwill,” the letter concluded.
The U.S. already takes in 70 percent of the world’s refugees.
Only Democrats would find logic in emptying Syria of the “moderate Muslims” and leave for extremists and ISIS.