TAMAQUA -- There has been much debate over the past couple of days over whether America should be allowing Syrian refugees into our country since the terrorist attacks in Paris.
But a solider in Schuylkill County says arguing who we should or shouldn't let on our soil isn't the answer. Instead, we should be talking about unity.
Private First Class Justin Startzel of Tamaqua says he has seen so much hate on social media sites over the past few days, he had to speak up.
Monday night, he posted a message on Facebook with his opinion on the refugee matter and terrorist attacks.
"There is power in unity and we, as Americans, need to remember this."
That's how PFC Justin Startzel started a Facebook post. He's in the Pennsylvania National Guard and says he was sick of the hate people have been posting on social media about the attacks in Paris and Syrian refugees.
"We have people in the United States who aren't safe as well, but we don't judge ourselves. So why are we judging people who want hope and a free life?" PFC Startzel asked.
Everyone from governors to civilians have been weighing in over the last few days about whether or not the United States should still allow refugees from Syria to come to our country.
Startzel thinks that's what the terrorist want to divide our country. He thinks it's important to remember that not everyone is dangerous.
The soldier says after those attacks in Paris, it's a time now more than ever that, instead of arguing over who we let into our country, we should instead be proud to be an American and to hang our flags.
"Instead of bashing each other, we should buy a $10 American flag and hang it up on our front porches."
Instead Startzel says we should be focusing our anger to the real terrorist responsible for those attacks. He says if he gets the call to go overseas, he will fight for the United States with honor.
"Since 9/11, we've been fighting the war on terrorism. We've been there. We've had troops going in and out of the Middle East continuing to fight for our freedoms to keep us safe at home."
PFC Statzel did say he thinks there should be a screening process for refugees.
It's important to remember though even those governors who are against letting refugees into the United States, it is a federal law so individual states can't make that decision.