Two weeks after Islamic religious fanatics unleashed their terror on the population of Paris, Americans are afraid that they might be the next target. They want to prevent Muslims from taking refuge in the United States, for fear that there might be terrorists hidden among them. In many cases, these Muslims have themselves been displaced from their own homelands by the religious extremists. America has traditionally welcomed such people, in the spirit so eloquently expressed by Emma Lazarus.
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.