Tolerating the Intolerant: The Domestic Politics of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

My latest feature for The National Interest is a quick look at some of the domestic politics of whether the U.S. should accept large numbers of Syrian refugees.

Americans are divided over how to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis. Should the United States accept more of those fleeing the brutal armies of Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State, or are there legitimate security reasons for closing America’s borders? After much feuding, both sides of this debate now seem to be firmly entrenched in their positions, and it is difficult to foresee the capitulation of either. Lacking a national consensus, President Obama seems intent on using his powers to press ahead with accepting more refugees. In the long-term, however, he and his supporters must not shirk from building broad support for a sustainable humanitarian response…

Read the full piece here.