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27 governors oppose Syrian refugee resettlement


Women_and_children_among_Syrian_refugees_striking_at_the_platform_of_Budapest_Keleti_railway_station._Refugee_crisis._Budapest,_Hungary,_Central_Europe,_4_September_2015Barack Obama wants to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States over the next year. But more than half of the country’s governors — 26 Republicans and one Democrat, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan — are opposed to allowing refugees to resettle in their state:

The Obama administration has suggested the governors don’t have the authority to turn away the refugees, and some Republicans have acknowledged that could be an issue. President Obama plans to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. over the next year.

Still, the governors believe their calls will put pressure on the administration to improve the vetting of refugees. It is also leading to mounting pressure on Congress to block entry of the refugees.

Several bills are being introduced to block asylum seekers, to prevent them from getting visas or to block funding for the resettlement program.

Governors also want greater coordination of the vetting process:

“While screening, acceptance and placement is legally under the authority of the federal government, they have said in the past they would be open to cooperating with receiving states,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said in a statement.

“Right now there’s almost no coordination or communication between the state and federal officials on this issue,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday morning on Fox News.

“It’s fair for the governors to ask the question — what type of background check can you do when individuals [are] coming from a country that’s torn apart?” he asked. “What types of background checks are you actually going through?”

Considering that at least one of the bombers who carried out the recent attack on Paris was a Syrian refugee, it’s hard to fault the governors for their caution. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley put it best: “My heart says that we should let these people in. But my head says that I have to protect the people of the state of Alabama and keep them secure.”

Where do you think YOUR governor should stand on this issue?

  • GlobalThinkTank

    I say, If and only If, we have to let in ANY so-called ‘Syrian Refugees,’ it should be as follows:

    I argue about so-called Refugees, that our nation has a policy in place that does allow for citizens from other nation seeking protection from being victimized by war and terrorism to be allowed to seek political asylum and sanctuary; we would be grateful to expect this offered by any western civilization as well.

    But with asylum must come (American) indoctrination to Western predominant religious and ideology with No Exception nor Hostility to it; nor plans for creating a new law, such as Sharia Law, and absolutely no ties or plans to support a Caliphate.

    And for this, I fear we cannot allow political asylum to 10,000, let alone 100,000 or 300,000 Syrian Refugees to enter any region of the Americas; from North to South without fearing another Boston Bomber hiding among the midst.

    Recently, I received a Petition from Raymond C. Offenheiser, Board of Directors of Oxfam America Advocacy; he is looking for signatures to hand over to Obama demanding that he do his part to Bringing In 100,000 Syrian Refugees to the U.S. I don’t agree with this Petition and Request. In fact, we should look to Japan’s leader, Shinzo Abe stance on allowing NO Syrian refugees into his country in fear of National Security and potential threat and conflict to the Sovereignty of their nation over religious and ideological differences to its country and to its people.

    I say, we need to maintain the Sovereignty of the U.S. without influence for the UN nor any other nation with differing ideological differences and conflict at all.

    But I do have a Much Better Solution for the EU, and the U.S. and South America:

    Global Suggestion:

    – Create International Database on All ‘Refugees’
    – All ‘refugees’ are Given Documents of Temporary Stay until quick safe return can be made and enforced
    – Documentation is for national security and is Not A Right or Pathway To Citizenship
    – Fully Document and Identified, Finger Printed, Photographed, Etc. be placed on national security watch list
    – Minimum Temporary Social Services and or Temporary Work Permits in restricted zones, and or $15,000 for Each Family To Repatriate Immediately back To Homeland or Gulf State Resettlement to Open Business or Buy Home — Anyone Caught returning loses privileges of ever returning again.
    – Must Officially Document Whereabouts Each Month while being processed — Not Free To Roam Around to Seek Asylum
    – Temporary Documents Must Be Re-Applied Each Year in Host Country (Good for only 4 Years Maximum)
    – Must Return to safe Gulf State or Middle-Easter Home Country After Document Expiration)
    – Children Born in Host Country Are Not Permitted Pathway to Citizenship and Are Not Given Host Country National Rights, but must adopt ‘Refugee’s’ Homeland as Place of Birth Origin
    – All Refugees, including newly born Children to Host country Must Return to Homeland Once New Stable Government is Established or Gulf State Accepts them
    – Once Repatriated to Homeland Country One Can Re-Apply for Visa/Passport
    Work/Education Travel Permit – Lies on Applications of Place of Homeland Forfeit Right to Return to EU, US, or any other Host Country indefinitely

    Many of you will disagree that NO money should be given to any refugees to take back home. But the fact of the matter is, it will cost us minimum over $38,000 a years to keep them here; money out of hard-earned tax dollars and social services that still MILLIONS of poor American still don’t get.

    The Gulf State Countries our nation depends heavily on for Oil are the Least to take in Refugees, and this has to change immediately — they’re the only nations that share Islam ideology and hate Christians and the Western World nearly entirely.

    I would include to say that the Following Countries must take ‘Refugees as ‘Refugees’ and or Repatriation:

    Saudi Arabia

    If you Agree with Any Part of This and or In Total, I ask you copy and Paste it Anywhere You Fee You can Spread the Message.

    Again, I am not looking to alienate, demonize, nor criminalize those who come seeking the American Dream; who are wiling to give up radical ideological ideas for American Laws and Ideas… but I am wholly and emphatically against Radical Extremist Socialized, UN backed Ideas that Undermine American Liberty and Freedom bestowed to us by our founding fathers seeking equality through our Constitution and for Fair Justice through the Bill of Rights.

  • sherri palmer

    We should not bring any of the Syrian refugees to the US! We are different cultures, religion and values…we are incompatible! Bring them here then we have to support all of them and Obama will not put them in camps where they can be monitored and returned when it is time for them to go back! This is not a resettlement for them here, we are incompatible! Muslim countries are not taking them and we are not under any obligation to do so! pfk Obama!

  • William R

    keep them all out, don’t let any one in, if I was born over there, that were I would “stay”

  • Seldena

    Do not allow any refugee in at all!! Close the borders today!!

    • MidnightDStroyer

      And enforce the Immigration & Naturalization Laws to get rid of those here illegally in the first place.

      The policy of Birthright Citizenship has been one of the most abused clauses in the 14th Amendment; Place of birth is irrelevant if the PARENTS are not Citizens in the first place. If the parents are still citizens of their nation-of-origin, then they are NOT “subject to the jurisdiction of the United States” & therefore cannot convey US Citizenship upon their offspring. Period.

      At least when the WW2 refugees came in from Europe to escape Hitler’s tyranny, they worked to integrate themselves in as Naturalized Americans…The immigrants today don’t give a rat’s p-toot about becoming Americans at all. They’re here for the freebies that our government hands out, at OUR expense & against the Law.

      Yet, the abuse heaped upon the 14th Amendment pales in comparison to how much the government ignores & violates the 10th Amendment.

  • Stever

    No refugees, none, zero, we have enough problems with a Ball less president.

  • Charlie

    Our country is already a big welfare state We the People do not need a larger burden places upon We the People . Our country already has far to many terrorist within our boarders of our country. There is no acceptable way to screen out the terrorist from any group from any middle eastern country. Therefore the answer is quite simple there should be no so called refugees allowed to enter our nation—- period.

  • Clete Tacker

    President Oliar is looking at this situation as another useful “crisis” in his attempt to destroy the United States by overloading the American system and bringing in even more people that want to see the destruction of America just like he does. Just as he does with the ILLEGAL ALIENS flooding and overloading the country, he wants more of it because he KNOWS it is devastating for the American people and the country. He WANTS division and mayhem throughout the land and he KNOWS all of the positions he supports will be very decisive and inflammatory. The liberals will never understand that we conservatives are very compassionate and charitable, but, that doesn’t mean we are stupid enough to invite the ENEMY inside the wall. The terrorists HATE us, ALL of us and would love to KILL US ALL. But the mentally impaired liberals don’t seem to be able to grasp that fact. They seem to have the foolish notion that if we are just nice enough and show acceptance that the Muslim terrorists will like us and leave us alone. That is a very dangerous way of thinking and unfortunately to many liberals buy into that misguided notion.

  • Michael Powell

    It’s worse than bringing them here where they can be monitored. They are coming here through so-called “NGO” (non-governmental organizations). Basically Government sanctioned human-trafficking. Worse, since they are “NG”, they fly under the radar. In Texas alone, there are at least 26 such organizations. God knows which ones there are in Delaware where I live, where the governor has also declared he would accept them. Shame on the governor here; should take note from nearby states of Maryland, Ohio, New Jersey. Zero tolerance should be the MO; no more cases like Traci Johnson.

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