In the wake of the devastating terrorist attacks on Paris that killed over 100 people, nine U.S. states have announced they will no longer take in Syrian refugees because of security concerns fueling fanatical rhetoric against refugees.
Following Friday night’s horrific massacre in Paris allegedly executed by the terrorist organization Daesh, nine U.S. governors announced they will refuse to accept Syrian refugees.
On Sunday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he will halt the acceptance of Syrian refugees until the Department of Homeland Security “completes a full review of security clearances and procedures.” Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley nodded in agreement to this xenophobic assertion by Snyder and also said he will refuse the relocation of Syrian refugees to Alabama.
“As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way,” Bentley said in a statement. “I will not place Alabamians at even the slightest, possible risk of an attack on our people.”
On Monday, the governors of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Indiana, Massachusetts and Illinois all hopped on the discriminatory bandwagon to reject Syrian refugees into their states as well.
As Governor I will oppose Syrian refugees being relocated to Arkansas.— Gov. Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) November 16, 2015
These American governors, who vaguely committed to blocking refugees' admittance under the narrow-minded assumption that refugees seeking asylum must be terrorists, clearly forgot that policies already exist to prevent this from happening.
No immigrant is allowed to enter the country if she or he (including their family members) has ever been affiliated with a terrorist organization.
But that hasn't stopped obstinate politicians and of course Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, who called on Congress to defund President Barack Obama’s refugee policy.
Speaking at the G20 economic summit in Turkey, Obama rebuked these deplorable actions.
“Many of these refugees are the victims of terrorism themselves. That’s what they’re fleeing,” he said. “Slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values.”
To people blaming refugees for attacks in Paris tonight. Do you not realise these are the people the refugees are trying to run away from..?— Dan Holloway (@RFCdan) November 13, 2015
Obama also condemned the Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz’s and Jeb Bush’s woefully hypocritical arguments that the U.S. only accept Christian refugees as “not American.”
“When I hear folks say that we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims. When I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who's fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful," Obama said. "That’s not American, that’s not who we are.”
A Syrian passport belonging to Ahmed Almuhamed was found near the remains of a suicide bomber at Stade de France. The passport used to enter Greece in October has spurred bigoted backlash against Syrian refugees and further cemented right-wing justifications for not allowing refugees sanctuary.
Yet this chilling find should be taken with caution.
In regards to the attacks, details still need to be verified on whether or not this passport even belonged to the suicide bomber or if the passport was stolen — a black market is on the rise for Syrian passports.
Experts analyze that the passport could very well have been planted in an attempt for Daesh to further seal the divide between migrants and the West, thus forcing Syrian refugees to stay where they are.
Why would a jihadist who expressly rejects all notions of modern citizenship take his passport on a suicide mission? So it gets found.— Charlie Winter (@charliewinter) November 15, 2015
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