Thousands of Syrians are fleeing their war-torn country in the hopes of securing safety and asylum in Europe or the United States. All too often, their desperate journey results in more suffering and struggle. At least 2,000 Syrians have drowned in their attempt to reach Europe since the civil war began in 2011; at least 3,000 including  many Libyans, Afghans, and other Africans are in one Greek refugee camp on the island of Lesbos with other camps popping up.



The United States and European governments need to do a lot less to alleviate these problems. Yes, you read that right. The problem isn’t that the United States and European governments aren’t doing enough to help Syrians — they’re doing much too much to block them from coming here. We should stop. Unless there is a legitimate security, criminal or health concern, we should let the Syrians in.
When refugees trying to save themselves are stopped by governments using their own resources, those governments bear part of the blame for the often tragic and heart-rending results. If you try to flee from a murderer and a third person breaks your legs so you can’t run away, that third person bears some of the responsibility for your fate.
And Europe isn’t the only ones bearing some of the responsibility for the fate of refugees. The United States has accepted a measly 1000 Syrian refugees — fewer than Brazil — and has committed to accepting 8,000 eventually. Why aren’t we accepting more?