For all the GOP members refusing to let Middle Eastern refugees into their states, President Barack Obama has a message: Stop political posturing.
In a stance that matches that bigoted 1939 response to Jewish refugees, more than 27 U.S. governors (26 of them Republicans) declared that they oppose admitting any Syrian refugees into their states in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Obama slammed the discriminatory measure during a meeting with Philippine President Benigno Aquino in Manila.
"Apparently they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America," he said.
"At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of 3-year-old orphans. That doesn't seem so tough to me," Obama added, taking a shot at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who recently claimed not even refugee children should be allowed into the United States.
Mocking Republicans who “think they’re so tough,” the U.S. president pointed out how they are playing into ISIS' hands by turning refugees away.
“I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric coming out of here in the course of this debate,” Obama stated. “When you start seeing individuals in position of responsibility suggesting Christians are more worthy of protection than Muslims are in a war-torn land that feeds the ISIL narrative.”
Obama slams Republicans over refugee stance
President Barack Obama sharply criticized Republicans for suggesting that Syrian refugees coming to the U.S. posed a security threat, blasting some GOP suggestions as "offensive" and mocking what he said was a fear of "widows and orphans." http://cnn.it/1l4rHGAPosted by CNN on Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Logic and reason aren't the only things on Obama’s side as far as the refugee issue is concerned. According to U.S. law, under the Refugee Act of 1980, the president has explicit authority to admit refugees who face “persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion” into the country.
While governors can make the process of settlement difficult for asylum-seekers by denying them resources, they don’t really have the power to refuse entry to these people.