I'd like to think if something happened in Ireland tomorrow, that I'd be welcome somewhere else. And the Syrians, I'm sure, are desperately hoping the same thing. It's simple empathy. If people can have that, just simple empathy, then most of the tensions will be solved from it. I mean, why would the refugees feel unwelcome when people welcome them with understanding? And why would the Americans feel threatened when they want to welcome the refugees?
There's problems with immigration though. Problems of crimes and security to put it broadly. Then there's problems, not crimes but in a category I call Jerry Springer Show stuff, or more politely the quirks of the cultural mixture. There is more serious threats which are becoming more common though. There is a real problem with islamic attacks in Western countries and those people in many cases were immigrants. Nobody wants that and I don't blame them for not wanting that. I think it's common sense not to want to get shot or have something bad happen to others.
People are entitled to their opinion either way on immigration. Some empathy for them both indeed.
I empathize though indeed with the refugee and generally agree more with the pro-immigration side though Again it's hard not to being an American mutt lol. It is a stronger argument in my opinion to allow more immigrants for the sake of even a portion of those doing good outweighs the bad. Even expecting no recompense from them or economic benefit, for the sake of even a small handful of Christians or people that may become Christians or their children might it is worth it. A good analogy to the Bible in my opinion is found in Genesis 18.