Not that I haven’t said it before, but here’s my take on the whole Syrian refugee situation. Let the explosion of Republican heads begin!!
The Statue Of Liberty was presented to the United States as a gift from France in 1886. On a normal day, She stands proudly in New York Harbor welcoming those who seek refuge in America. Take a look at her today. I’ll bet you’d see a tear in her eye. In light of the terror attacks which took place in Paris on Friday, many in various state governments are telling Americans She means nothing anymore. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” is totally irrelevant to them these days. I refer you to a portion of an article published today on ThinkProgress.org by IAN MILLHISER. I quote:
“More than half a dozen state governors have come out against President Obama’s plans to relocate several thousand Syrian refugees within the United States. Some have pledged to actively resist settlement of these refugees. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), for example, signed a letter to Obama that begins “as governor of Texas, I write to inform you that the State of Texas will not accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris.” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) issued an executive order instructing all “departments, budget units, agencies, offices, entities, and officers of the executive branch of the State of Louisiana” to “utilize all lawful means to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the State of Louisiana while this Order is in effect.”
The problem for Jindal, Abbott and the other governors opposed to admitting refugees, however, is that there is no lawful means that permits a state government to dictate immigration policy to the president in this way. As the Supreme Court explained in Hines v. Davidowitz, “the supremacy of the national power in the general field of foreign affairs, including power over immigration, naturalization and deportation, is made clear by the Constitution.” States do not get to overrule the federal government on matters such as this one.
Just in case there is any doubt, President Obama has explicit statutory authorization to accept foreign refugees into the United States. Under the Refugee Act of 1980, the president may 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 United States, and the president’s power to do so is particularly robust if they determine that an “unforeseen emergency refugee situation” such as the Syrian refugee crisis exists.”
Truth is, they just can’t do that! They can cry, bitch and whine all they want, but all for naught. Ours is a country founded by immigrants. My own grandfather, an Italian immigrant. Were it not for Lady Liberty and the fact that this wonderful country of ours welcomed them, I wouldn’t be here and neither would most of you. The aforementioned governors are simply wasting valuable state time and resources just because Fox News and Republicans have scared the hell out of them.
Lady Liberty WILL continue to stand tall. Those who seek refuge WILL continue to be welcomed here. And there’s not a damned thing they can do about it.