The contentious debate over whether to continue allowing Syrian refugees to come to the U.S. is nothing new. As the chart above from Pew Research shows, the American public has seldom welcomed refugees to the U.S. in past decades. In the Hungarian, Indochinese and Cuban refugees crises of past decades, the majority of Americans disapproved from welcoming refugees; only in the 1999 Kosovo conflict did most Americans support welcoming refugees to the U.S.