Crossposted at DemocraticDiva.com
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY
PHOENIX – “Given the horrifying events in Paris last week, I am calling for an immediate halt in the placement of any new refugees in Arizona. As governor, I am invoking our state’s right under 8 USC, Section 1522 (a), to receive immediate consultation by federal authorities per the United States Refugee Act, and that the federal government take into account the concerns and recommendations of the state of Arizona as they are required to under federal law, in our efforts to keep our homeland safe. I also call on Congress and the President to immediately amend federal law to provide states greater oversight and authority in the administration of the placement of refugees. These acts serve as a reminder that the world remains at war with radical Islamic terrorists. Our national leaders must react with the urgency and leadership that every American expects to protect our citizens.”
I’m just going to add to the mountain of criticism the Arizona Governor and those of other states refusing (trying to, anyway) are getting by asking what should be an obvious question:
Exactly how easy do they think it would be for ISIS members to blend in with Syrian refugees fleeing said ISIS members so as to enter the US with the intention of committing terrorist acts? Have these right wing pants wetters ever considered that the ISIS members might, you know, be recognized as such by at least some of their fellow refugees? To believe otherwise is pure “they all look alike” racism, which has been known to lead to deadly outcomes. Shockingly irresponsible for Ducey and those other governors to foment such ignorance and bigotry, especially since all the evidence thus far in the Paris bombing points to no Syrian refugees being involved.
It’s also super “pro-life” of these conservative governors to want to deny safe refuge to Syrian children at risk of rape and murder at the hands of ISIS, isn’t it?