There is a also a map (below) showing which states will and won’t accept refugees from Syria and those who haven’t made up their minds yet…
Leave it to Obama to call anyone who questions the sanity of bringing hundreds of thousands of unchecked Muslims over to a country they’ve been taught to hate since birth “anti-Americans!”
President Obama said the United States needed to ‘step up and do its part’ admitting refugees from Syria
He said that the issue of refugees and terrorism should not be equated in the aftermath of the Paris attacks
A handful of Republican governors have publicly pronounced that their states would not accept Syrians
Obama made a swipe at those GOP leaders – asking them to be more like President George W. Bush in the aftermath of 9/11
Now, 25 Republican governors – and one Democrat too – have said they don’t want Syrian refugees in their states, as President Obama recommitted the U.S. to take a portion of this population fleeing from ISIS.
In a press conference this morning in Turkey, Obama said that ‘the United States has to step up and do its part,’ while chiding those in the opposition party for suggesting there be a ‘religious test’ for entry into the United States.
There’s concern, after Friday’s brutal attack in Paris, that ISIS fighters are infiltrating those fleeing Syria and will carry out future violence against the West.
‘It is very important,’ Obama said. ‘That we do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism.’
However, Republican governors from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Texas and Wisconsin said they would postpone programs to bring in Syrian refugees, or they’re against the idea entirely, according to the Associated Press.
Governors of these states have said no to Syrian refugees:
Additionally, CNN reported that Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio and Tennessee are also on the list.
Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina were added by USA Today.
Presidential candidate Chris Christie, indicating that New Jersey also isn’t on board, and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez also said she opposed the administration’s plan.
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan was the first Democrat to express support for stopping the flow of Syrian refugees into her state.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said he wasn’t sure if the governors had a legal right to prevent the flow of Syrian refugees into their states because ‘this is a federal program,’ though USA Today listed his state in the ‘nay’ column.
Several Democratic governors voiced support for the refugees and echoed Obama’s words.
Above, states where governors have voiced opposition to Syrian refugees are in dark red, with states voicing support for the resettlement in pink. Gray states have not made a statement, suggested a review of the policy or have said that they do not expect and refugees would be sent to them. Kentucky’s outgoing Democratic governor has indicated that he will follow the federal government’s lead on the issue, though the governor-elect, a Republican, has said that he would not
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said his state ‘will continue to be a state that welcomes those seeking refuge from persecution, regardless of where they come from or the religion they practice’.
Democratic Govs. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania and Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut also said their states will have open doors.
Rep. Lou Barletta, a Republican of Pennsylvania, wrote Wolf a letter asking him to change his mind.
‘I write to urge you in the strongest terms possible to reconsider your plans to accept the so-called ‘refugees’ fleeing Syria and welcome them to Pennsylvania,’ Barletta wrote, noting his position on the House Committee on Homeland Security and suggesting it best wait to accept refugees until a security apparatus is in place.
Several GOP presidential candidates have voiced strong opinions on the issue too, including Sen. Ted Cruz, who suggested the United States simply help the Christians.
‘There is no meaningful risk of Christians committing acts of terror,’ Cruz said yesterday at a campaign stop in South Carolina, as he called for Muslim refugees to be barred from entering the United States, according to the Washington Post.
‘If there were a group of radical Christians pledging to murder anyone who had a different religious view than they, we would have a different national security situation,’ Cruz said, who criticized the Obama administration for ‘pretend[ing] as if there is no religious aspect to this.’
Jeb Bush, who is also seeking the White House, suggested yesterday on Meet the Press that the country prioritize Christian Syrians who need help.
‘I do think we have a responsibility to help with refugees after proper screening,’ Bush said. ‘And I think our focus ought to be on the Christians who have no place in Syria anymore.’
Obama criticized this thinking and made a veiled swipe at Cruz.
‘And when I hear folks say that, well, maybe we should just admit the Christians and not the Muslims, when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person fleeing from a war-torn country would be admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful,’ the president said. ‘That’s not American.’
Via: UK Daily Mail