It began last night with Alabama GOP. Gov. Robert Bentley vowing that he would not allow any Syrian refugees at all to relocate to his state, and within 24 hours the number has grown to 21 governors who are too stupid to read the Constitution...and not all of them Republicans.
Several state governors announced on Monday that they will not accept Syrian refugees following the attacks in Paris, citing concerns for security.
The governors of Idaho, Iowa, Maine, South Carolina, Georgia, Nebraska, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Arizona, Florida, Ohio, Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Texas, and Arkansas announced measures on Monday to stop or oppose any additional Syrian refugees from resettling in their states. Alabama and Michigan made similar announcements on Sunday.
The terrorist attacks in Paris have brought renewed attention on the U.S. refugee program, specifically the threat that ISIS could exploit the process to infiltrate and attack the United States. Several Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates have called on the administration to stop taking Syrian refugees, citing security concerns.
The governors of Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, and Connecticut, meanwhile, have backed the Obama administration’s policy, voicing their support for accepting refugees in their states.
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan became the first Democratic governor to join the dozen-plus Republican governors in calling for a halt to new Syrian refugees.
Protecting the safety and security of our people is the first responsibility of government,” Hassan communications director William Hinkle said in a statement. “The Governor has always made clear that we must ensure robust refugee screening to protect American citizens, and the Governor believes that the federal government should halt acceptance of refugees from Syria until intelligence and defense officials can assure that the process for vetting all refugees, including those from Syria, is as strong as possible to ensure the safety of the American people.”
Look, even if this wasn't an absolutely moronic and childishly political waste of time with the whole "The US federal government determined refugee status", exactly how do you enforce Syrian refugees not living in your state? What kind of fascist nonsense is this?
Are you guys planning checkpoints and identification cards? Will you deploy armed National Guard troops to use deadly force? What's the play here, guys? How far down the "papers, please" waterslide are these governors going to go (and yes, this includes Matt Bevin.) Special ghetto areas? Security sweeps? Publishing their names and addresses in a registry for "citizen safety"?
I think we have a right to know here. What's your play, governors? How are you going to keep your state "safe" from Syrians who have suffered through a four year civil war and constant bombing?
Put up or shut up.