The anti-Muslim ugliness began as soon as the attacks in Paris became international news. Texas senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz said in a statement Friday evening that the U.S. must “immediately declare a halt to any plans to bring refugees” from Syria into the United States. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said more or less the same, while South Carolina’s Jeff Duncan asked cynically on Twitter, “How’s that Syrian refugee resettlement look now?”
As German Lopez pointed out in Vox, these politicians have it backwards. Terrorist attacks in Western cities should make us more sympathetic to refugees fleeing Syria: The horror in Paris Friday evening is a daily reality of the civil war they’re trying to escape.