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Shutting the Door on Syrian Refugees Helps Islamic State

The refugee system is secure and upholds American values.
They have to land somewhere.

They have to land somewhere.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Of all the reactions to Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris, some U.S. politicians' objections to resettling Syrian refugees may be the most irrational. President Barack Obama has pledged to let in 10,000 people fleeing the carnage in Syria, but governors of at least a dozen states now say they won't accept any. Presidential candidate Ted Cruz wants to admit only Christians.

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