We owe a lot of Muslims asylum in the US. The translators in Iraq and Afghanistan, who risked not only their own lives, but the lives of their families, to work with us and fight side by side with us, are still waiting for visas to enter the US. Several thousand have completed their paper work, but have no visas. To me this appears to be an intentional policy of neglect by the Obama Administration. Barry the Brilliant wants these people to die for the crime of helping the US.
We recruited these people with very specific promises of asylum. We need to make our word good. It's as simple as that. To do otherwise is fraud in the inducement. Also, if our word isn't good, it's going to be a lot harder to recruit translators the next time somewhere else. It's not like these translators have no record with us. The Americans they served with vouch for them. Translators carried guns, wore American uniforms and fought just like the soldiers they were assigned to help.
I'm a Vietnam Era veteran. We made specific promises to get South Vietnam to sign the Paris Peace Accords in 1973. The South Vietnamese were supposed to get continued military aid and US air support if the North Vietnamese violated the agreement and attacked. Congress cut the aid budget 75% between 1973 and the Fall of Saigon in 1975. They also outlawed US air support. Millions of people died because they trusted us. This should never happen again.
If we are taking any general refugees from the Middle East, let's start with Christians and other religious minorities. These people are killed by Muslims if they go to refugee camps. Democrats say that we can't discriminate based on religion when it comes to refugees. Thousands of former Soviet Jews now living in the US will be very surprised to hear that.