NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Terrorism can come in many forms. We’ve seen it from radicalized Muslims, but also from American born citizens.
According to a new poll, 57% of voters say they are more afraid of homegrown terrorists than they are of Middle East Syrian refugees. Only 16% say refugees are more dangerous.
Still, the Quinnipiac University poll found that a majority of voters, 52%, oppose accepting Syrian refugees into the Unites States.
On Thursday at UMass Amherst, students held a rally in support of Syrian refugees and 22News spoke with immigration law professor Rebecca Hamlin. She said, “The people being resettled in the United States under a refugee visa category are very, very thoroughly vetted. And we are really talking about people who have a legal status as a refugee.”
Mike Avanzato, UMass student, said, “What you see for example with the attack on the Planned Parenthood clinic earlier this week. More people were killed during that attack than refugees have killed since 9/11 in the United States.”
According to Hamlin, the re-settled refugee population in the United States has never produced a terrorist.
The poll found that 83% of voters think a major terror attack in the U.S. is likely in the near future.