Samantha Bee asked Syrian refugees what they think about ISIS. They answered.

In the United States, the line from ... certain politicians ... on Syrian refugees has mostly been this: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Some guy. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images.


But how afraid should we be? Just how terrorist-y are these refugees after all? Most Americans have never met any, so it's hard to know.

Two Syrian refugee friends in Turkey. Photo by Bulent Kilic/Getty Images.

In just the second episode of her (pretty excellent) new TBS show, "Full Frontal," Samantha Bee traveled to Jordan to find out.

Photo via "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee"/YouTube.

Bee spoke to some actual refugees and asked them actual questions, including what they think about ISIS.

Based on what she found, we ... shouldn't be afraid at all (unless you're afraid of Alec Baldwin fans).

First of all, they hate ISIS.

This is what you say if you hate ISIS. GIF via "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee"/YouTube.

Beyond that, they're basically just regular people caught in a terrible situation.

They watch TV. They go to school. They want to live in peace.

Many were big fans of the United States and completely unaware of the contentious debate in the U.S. about their status. Just shocking!

Wait a minute — what if this is just a ploy to get us to drop our guard?

"Mwah ha ha ha. I have you now" — Not this guy. Photo via "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee"/YouTube.

Thankfully, it isn't!

Contrary to Donald Trump's suggestion that the vast majority of refugees are "strong young men," suspiciously traveling alone, Bee found plenty of women, children, widows, and families in the camp. And unlike people who travel on, say, a tourist or student visa — which are easy to come by in comparison — refugees have to endure a grueling, potentially years-long vetting process that involves multiple agencies before ultimately being resettled in a random country not of their choosing (unless they have family or another compelling reason to go somewhere specific).

Bottom line: If a terrorist were looking to sneak into the U.S., it would be pretty dumb to try and do it as a refugee.

"They are personally interviewed and thorough background checks are performed by Homeland Security and the FBI," former chief counsel of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Stephen H. Legomsky wrote in a news release. "No competent terrorist would choose the U.S. refugee process as a preferred strategy for gaining entry into the U.S."

So cheer up, America! Syrian refugees are just like you and me, and it's OK to welcome them.

It's the right thing to do, and it doesn't cost us anything.

Except possibly, the one thing they want above all else.

GIF by "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee"/YouTube.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.