Bigoted, Stupid - And Illegal

So we have our first wave of concerted efforts by Republicans to respond to the terror attacks in Paris last Friday. I’m sure it’s going to be very thoughtful, taking into account all of the competing interests at stake.

Ha ha. No. 14 states, all but one with a Republican governor, have announced that they will attempt to stop the repost ion of Syrian refugees within their states.

Governors across the country are scrambling to close off their states to resettled Syrian refugees in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Paris that are linked to Islamic State extremists.

The list of states climbed quickly to 14 by Monday afternoon, after President Obama said that the U.S. would continue to accept refugees and denounced efforts to stop those fleeing violence from coming to the United States as “shameful.”

Governors of Illinois, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Arizona, Indiana, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Michigan, Alabama, Texas, Georgia and Arkansas — a majority of them Republican — have said that they are seeking to stop the relocation of new Syrian refugees to their states out of fear that violent extremists posing as refugees might gain entry to the country.

Hey, Washington Post, 13 out of 14 is not best described as a “majority,” unless the word “overwhelming” is put in front of majority. Both sides do not do it, mmmkay? That is false reporting by any stretch of the imagination.

Republicans also are calling for Muslim refugees from Syria to be barred from coming to the US, but Christians are OK.

Sen. Ted Cruz Sunday continued to call for Muslim refugees from Syria to be barred from entering the United States but opening the borders to displaced Christians, arguing there is not a “meaningful risk” that Christians will commit terrorist acts.

“There is no meaningful risk of Christians committing acts of terror. If there were a group of radical Christians pledging to murder anyone who had a different religious view than they, we would have a different national security situation,” Cruz (R-Tex.) told reporters in a middle school gym here.

“But it is precisely the Obama administration’s unwillingness to recognize that or ask those questions that makes them so unable to fight this enemy. Because they pretend as if there is no religious aspect to this,” he said.

Presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson and Bernie Sanders all spoke about strategies to confront terrorism in the wake of the attacks in Paris.
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush also said Sunday that any assistance going to refugees from the Middle East should be concentrated on Christians.

“We should focus our efforts as it relates to refugees on the Christians that are being slaughtered,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Cruz did not say how he would determine that refugees were Christian or Muslim. He reiterated his assertion that it is “lunacy” to allow Muslim refugees into the United States, asserting that there is no way to know if they are aligned with the Islamic State.

Here’s the problem, apart from the immorality of the twin pillars of intolerance suggested by the bigoted GOP candidates: there’s no ability for the states to bar immigrants lawfully admitted to the US from coming to their state. Hines v. Davidowitz, 312 U.S. 52 (1941).

So they’re proposing a moronic and stupid policy, that demonstrates bigotry on both a cultural and religious level, and it’s one they have no power to enact. All in less than 72 hours.

We’re off to a great start. Anyone wanna bet how long it takes for someone to propose using nuclear weapons? Right now I’d give it about a week.

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