In the wake of Friday's Paris attacks, Republican governors are working to ban Syrian refugees from their states.
At least 15 of America's 31 Republican governors - and likely many more by day's end - have announced they will not allow any Syrian refugees to enter their states in the wake of Friday's horrific Paris attacks by ISIS. 129 people died, hundreds more are wounded, many seriously, and news reports state one of the terrorists entering Europe may have been "embedded" among the attackers.
Greg Abbott of Texas, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Rick Snyder of Michigan, Mike Pence of Indiana, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, Robert Bentley of Alabama, Pat McCrory of North Carolina, Bruce Rauner of Illinois, Doug Ducey of Arizona, Rick Scott of Florida, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and John Kasich of Ohio have all stated they will refuse to allow Syrian refugees into their states.
That may play well to their conservative bases, but banning refugees from your state isn't legal.
The Refugee Act of 1980 gives the President "broad discretion," as Ian Millhiser at ThinkProgress notes, to accept refugees, including those from Syria. He adds, "there is no lawful means that permits a state government to dictate immigration policy to the president."
Some responses via Twitter:
Give me your huddled masses yearning to be free.* *Offer not valid in TX, AR, LA, IN, IL, MS, OH, AZ, NC, FL, WI, MS & NH.
â€” Mark Thompson (@Son_of_a_Thomp) November 16, 2015
It's deplorable that the Republican candidates are now just trying to racistly out-troll each other. America deserves better than this.
â€” Mike Monteiro (@monteiro) November 16, 2015
GOP: All life matters at the moment of conception SYRIAN REFUGEES: Please help us GOP: Where would you get such a fucking crazy idea?
â€” Sam Grittner (@SamGrittner) November 16, 2015
The #SyrianRefugees aren't ISIS. They're *fleeing* ISIS. Shame on these GOP governors.
â€” Amy Kroin (@AmyKroin) November 16, 2015
Fun fact: All the GOP governors says "We won't take Syrian refugees" are in violation of the UN Charter AND 334 U.S. 410, 419 (1948)!
â€” Jonathan Harrop (@harropj) November 16, 2015
UPDATE I: 6:00 PM EST -
Add Kansas gov. Sam Brownback to the list:
â€” Brian Abel (@BrianAbelTV) November 16, 2015
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