Pragmatism vs. Policy: The US Approach Towards Refugees
World Affairs Council – D.C.
Refugees International President
Former Acting Assistant Secretary Population, Refugees and Migration
For months Americans have watched as refugees from Syria streamed into Europe, desperately seeking respite from the violence of war in their country. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris awakened fears that potential attackers could disguise themselves as refugees, carrying out similar attacks in other places, including the United States. Leaders and politicians have called into question the US policy of accepting refugees. Some call for an all-out halt, and other governors and local politicians say ‘no’ to accepting refugees into their constituencies.
What is the US policy and process of accepting refugees? Do the refugees pose a security threat? Is banning them a realistic option to preventing attacks in the United States? What does the process of screening a refugee consist of?
Join WAC- DC and our panel of experts as we sort through the fact and fiction of US refugee policy.
- Panelist: Michel Gabaudan, President, Refugees International
- Panelist: Samuel Witten, Counsel, Arnold & Porter LLP; former Acting Assistant Secretary Population, Refugees and Migration
- Moderator: Rachel Oswald, Defense/Foreign Policy Reporter, CQ Roll Call