So far three governors in the U.S. have refused on the record to accept Syrian refugees in the wake of the recent Muslim terrorist attacks in France.
“Given the tragic attacks in Paris and the threats we have already seen,” Gov. Greg Abbott wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama, “Texas cannot participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees — any one of whom could be connected to terrorism — being resettled in Texas.”
After the predictable atrocities in Paris, authorities discovered that at least one of the murderers pretended to be a Syrian refugee on a migrant boat that ended up in Greece.
Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement that he’ll “oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.” The governor added that what happened in Paris is a “tragic reminder to the world that evil exists and takes the form of terrorists who seek to destroy the basic freedoms we will always fight to preserve. I will not place Alabamians at even the slightest, possible risk of an attack on our people. Please continue to join me in praying for those who have suffered loss and for those who will never allow freedom to fade at the hands of terrorists.”
Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan also has the right focus. He said the state’s “first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.” Michigan already has a large Muslim population.
If only the agency charged with enforcing our immigration laws shared the same resolve as these governors. Adherents of Islam have made their intentions plain. And if people don’t want to believe what they say, believe what they do.
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