SANTA MARIA, Calif. - For Syrian immigrant Yaser Antoun Shleel, Friday night was not the first time he's been in fear for his family abroad.
He feels lucky they are okay.. so far.
"They've been so lucky they have not been harmed. But every family in Syria, they know somebody or their relative heard of something," he explained.
Shleel moved to the U.S. after he graduated high school. He's been living in Santa Maria for the last two years.
During a press conference Friday evening, President Trump ordered a strike on Syria in response to a chemical attack that killed dozens of people over the weekend.
Shleel believes this military action is too strong however.
"Can't you just sit down with Assad? Do you think you are more intellectual than him? Do you think you have more morality than him?," he questioned.
Shleel would like to see people become more aware of what really goes on in his home country.
"Have you looked at the Syrian infrastructure? The cities? Everything else? How the people are living? There's over 5 million people are refugees all over the world and they're treated in the most inhumane way. Not Assad or anybody else [has] treated them that bad," he said.