Since terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, Americans are less willing to take in Syrian refugees.
According to a Dec. 14 Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 56 percent of Americans think the U.S. should take in fewer refugees or none at all. The previous WSJ/NBC poll showed that number at 41 percent.
The growing fear surrounding the welcoming of Syrian refugees has intensified since a husband and wife duo of terrorists killed 14 people at a San Bernardino, California, office party on Dec. 2. Neither was Syrian. The attacks in Paris occurred on Nov. 13.
President Barack Obama has consistently vowed to make progress on accepting refugees, despite pushback from governors and other officials.
“In the Syrian seeking refuge today, we should see the Jewish refugee of World War II,” Obama said at a naturalization ceremony for new American citizens.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau encouraged citizens to show a “warm holiday welcome” toward refugees arriving in the country.
“This year, Canadians are welcoming thousands of Syrian refugees to our country -- people who have been forced to flee their homeland due to war and conflict. I encourage all Canadians to show them a warm holiday welcome in keeping with our values of compassion, kindness, and generosity,” Trudeau said.