LA Times reporter David Ng quotes me toward the end of this piece. My complete remarks:
As we know, some 750,000 refugees have been integrated into the U.S. since 9/11, and thus-far none of them have been convicted of terrorist-related charges. However, the U.S. to date has accepted only around 2,000 Syrian refugees, hence it is early to prognosticate on this influx. I do know that since last Friday, many GOP politicos have jumped on the anti-immigrant bandwagon. The potential backlash against Syrian immigrants would only play into Daesh's hands—the so called "Islamic State" actors would like to see increased Islamophobia and tensions for the Arab/Muslim communities in France and elsewhere in Europe, and in the U.S. They are openly hoping that Muslims who are discriminated against, even rejected as asylum seekers, will turn to Daesh. That's rarely going to happen among American Muslims, and not many British or French Muslims are going to join Daesh. But what are Britain, France and the U.S. doing to enfranchise Arab/Muslim youth—if anything?
Many questions right now, not many answers. I could go on and on...By the way, in case you didn't know, I'm a dual citizen of France and the U.S., of Moroccan heritage.