Amitai Etzioni, Academic Activism: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, The Solutions Journal, Volume 8, Issue 1, January 2017, Pages 82-83 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/academic-activism-no-good-deed-goes-unpunished/) Abstract: Reviewing The Public Professor by M.V. Lee Badgett, NYU Press, 2016 The United States has allowed very few Syrian refugees to enter the country. The Republicans argue that they all pose a security risk; and, the Democrats respond that several screening procedures—employed by the FBI, CIA, the State Department, and immigration authorities—are more than sufficient to allow a large number of Syrian refugees to be allowed into the US. As so often happens in the US these days, no compromise could be found, and the US gates remain largely shut to Syrians. I suggested that the US allow 25,000 children, younger than ten, to be hosted by American families until the end of the civil war. In this way, the US could make a humanitarian contribution without any security risk. I called a reporter to check whether she could help air this idea in order to call attention to it by public leaders and my fellow citizens. When one of my colleagues heard about this, he was quite troubled. "You … Topics: Education; Movements; Politics