At The Hill by Edward J. Erler, contributor
Nothing this year provoked the ire of America’s political class as much as Donald Trump’s proposal that the U.S. should suspend the acceptance of refugees from Syria and other terrorist-supporting nations until we perfect the screening process to ensure that we are not admitting terrorists or terror sympathizers.
On its face this proposal was not unreasonable. Most of these refugees do not have adequate documentation, intelligence agencies do not have sufficient information to determine whether or not they have terrorist connections or intend to engage in terrorism, and the heads of our security agencies have warned that active terrorists will inevitably slip through security screening cracks.
Why have our political leaders, despite these facts, been willing to expose the nation to such potential danger? — a danger that is surely greater than we now imagine.