Contrary to popular belief in the media, President Donald Trump’s refugee policy is hardly “let them die.” He, like the wealthiest Muslim countries on the planet, takes the stance that, with refugees, it’s not worth the possibility of terrorists slipping through the cracks. Plus, in our case, it costs over 10 times as much to resettle a Syrian refugee in the U.S. than in one of Syria’s neighboring countries. If we’re going to spend money on resettling them, why not do so while getting 10 times the bang for our buck?
While Trump recently put a hold on admission of Syrian refugees into the U.S. (among other provisions), he isn’t putting a hold on refugee resettlement. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that they’ll be welcoming in refugees in our stead (in an attempt to signal virtue to the world in how tolerant and progressive they are), but it’s a gesture done to do nothing more than score political points.
Meanwhile, Trump has been busy with a resettlement plan of his own. In fact, as the Daily Caller reported:
The King of Saudi Arabia and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi agreed with President Donald Trump’s request to support safe zones for refugees in the Middle East, the White House announced Sunday.
A White House readout of the call between President Trump and Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abd Al-Aziz Al Saud said that the King agreed to “support safe zones in Syria and Yemen, as well as supporting other ideas to help the many refugees who are displaced by the ongoing conflicts.”
The readout of the call between Trump and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayid Al Nuhayyan of the United Arab Emirates was less specific but shared the same sentiment. “The President also raised the idea of supporting safe zones for the refugees displaced by the conflict in the region, and the Crown Prince agreed to support this initiative,” the White House said.
President Trump also discussed joint-efforts with the Gulf states aimed towards defeating ISIS, according to the White House.
It’s still unclear where these “safe zones” will be set up, how many people they’ll house, and how they’ll be guarded. Those details will presumably be sorted out in following weeks.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]