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Better East Texas: A practical approach to border issues

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With the recent terror attacks in Paris and implications that some of the terrorists moved through France by posing as Syrian refugees, it is imperative that the U.S. do something in regard to our own acceptance of refugees and our on-going border issues.

Many states, including Texas, have passed resolutions or issued statements refusing Syrian refugees. While this is an appropriate and very natural reaction to refuse these refugees, it is not practical. Speaker Paul Ryan is not slamming the door entirely but wants a pause in the resettlement and a plan to defeat ISIS from the military through the President.

However, we must find a way to register and keep up with these people who are, themselves, victims of the terrorists. I don’t believe that they should be welcomed, given some kind of housing, and then expected to assimilate into our culture, there must be some controls on the entire process and it should be managed through the lens of national security.

We can be compassionate, but we must be secure.

Additionally, we need more than ever to secure our border. We must know who is coming in and out of our country and the current system is very porous and flawed. Securing our borders and strategic handling of Syrian refugees and then leadership in the fight against ISIS are the priorities.

I am not optimistic that we will be able to take the lead in this environment but we need President Obama to rely on his military advisers and there should be no question on the resolve of the U.S.

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