On Thursday, 47 House Democrats supported and helped effectively pass the GOP’s anti-refugee bill that halts the acceptance of Syrian refugees and further intensifies the already exhaustive vetting process refugees must maneuver through.
I hope every single one of those 47 Democrats who voted with Republicans on the anti-refugee bill, are voted out of office. Shame on you.— o m n i s c i e n t (@_Omniscient69) November 19, 2015
The ironically named American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act is far from an attempt at bolstering security but rather a blatant xenophobic cry that plays directly into GOP’s politics of fear mongering and unfortunately, these gullible Democrats fell right into the manipulated trap.
The refugee screening process is already an extraordinarily rigorous ordeal for refugees, but of course, Republicans don’t play off facts instead resorting to exaggerated emotions.
The United States is one of the most difficult countries for refugees to be accepted into. The stringent, lengthy process requires an exorbitant series of safeguards including interviews and background checks from both U.N. and U.S. agencies that takes about 18 to 24 months to complete before approving refugees to enter the U.S. No other group attempting to set foot on American soil goes through such cumbersome precision.
Furthermore, shutting out refugees from Western nations is exactly what ISIS wants. One of the terrorist organization’s primary objectives is to foster a war between the West and Islam. To reject refugees, especially based on religious affiliation, fits right into Daesh’s strategy to polarize the two groups and benefits the terrorists' propaganda that Muslims are consistently alienated by the West.
If the 47 democrats who voted for the GOP anti-refugee bill today really support those values, they should change parties.— Bruce P. Knight (@brucepknight) November 19, 2015
Republicans exploited the Paris terrorist attacks to promote their own discriminatory agenda of hatemongering and demagoguery, and shamefully 47 cowardly Democrats were scooped up in the ardently irrational bigotry. These politicians should be ashamed to call themselves democrats and do not deserve our support when they run for reelection in 2016.