In the wake of Friday’s Paris attacks, Republican governors are working to ban Syrian refugees from their states.Â
At least 15 of America’s 31 Republican governors â€“Â and likely many more by day’s endÂ â€“ 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,Â Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas,Â Robert Bentley of Alabama,Â Pat McCrory of North Carolina,Â 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 SyrianÂ refugees into their states.
That may play well to their conservative bases, but banning refugees from your state isn’t legal.
TheÂ 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.”
SomeÂ responsesÂ via Twitter:Â
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
Itâ€™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 â€œWe wonâ€™t take Syrian refugeesâ€ 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 â€“
Add Kansas gov. Sam Brownback to the list:
â€” Brian Abel (@BrianAbelTV) November 16, 2015
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Utah’s Top GOP Lawmaker Tested Positive for COVID Twice Just Hours Before ‘Conducting Business as Normal’ – With No Mask
Utah’s hydroxychloroquine-pushing right wing Republican Senate President opened the chamber’s 2022 session Tuesday by announcing he had just tested positive for COVID – twice. He then “joked,” saying he was actually negative.
But in fact Senator J. Stuart Adams had indeed tested positive for COVID, twice, just hours before heading off to work and “conducting business as normal,” The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Sen. Adams had been symptomatic last Wednesday and tested positive the following day.
Senate deputy chief of staff Aundrea Peterson falsely “said the senator has followed the CDC guidelines, has not had a fever since Saturday, and his symptoms had subsided.”
CDC guidelines make clear anyone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19 should isolate for five days or, if symptoms are declining, they must wear a mask around others.
“Adams was maskless when he opened the session Tuesday, including when he greeted Elder Gerrit W. Gong, one of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who offered an opening prayer,” the Tribune notes. “Adams wore a mask when he met with news media later in the day but was unmasked again when the Senate resumed business in the afternoon.”
Mother Jones reported that in April of 2020 Utah’s “legislature met in special session and set aside $6 million for the state to purchase and stockpile medications. Turns out a suburban pharmacist with connections to Senate President Stuart Adams had stockpiled hundreds of thousands of doses of hydroxychloroquine and zinc, the scientifically questionable treatment championed by President Trump.”
As it turns out, “the state had already purchased $800,000 worth of the drug from this pharmacy, Meds in Motion, at vastly inflated prices.”
Laster on Tuesday, the Senate voted to void local mask mandates.
‘Incredibly Dumb’: Former Federal Prosecutor Mocks Eric Trump for Telling NY AG ‘We Are Prosecuting You’
Last week Eric Trump declared it was “unconstitutional” for the Attorney General of New York to sue Donald Trump. Overnight New York Attorney General Letitia James released a 115-page report – a legal filing – detailing “significant evidence” of possible fraud by the Trump Organization, Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump.
Wednesday morning Eric Trump lashed out at the New York AG, telling Letitia James his family is “prosecuting” her, which is legally impossible. He posted a highly-edited video showing James on the campaign trail promising to investigate Donald Trump – a legitimate campaign pledge.
“Letitia you can not escape your own words,” Eric Trump posted to Twitter, along with the doctored video. “This is all window dressing for your abuse of office and ethical misconduct (which we are prosecuting you for) and northing [sic] more than a PR move to revive a political career after your gubernatorial disaster.”
James briefly ran for governor but pulled out, presumably to complete her investigation into the Trump Organization and Trump family.
Former federal prosecutor Ron Filipkowski calls Eric Trump’s attack “incredibly dumb.”
Eric has been in full panic mode over the NY investigation, and continues to personally attack and threaten the prosecutor. Today, he says they are PROSECUTING HER, which is incredibly dumb. They filed a ridiculous lawsuit to try and stop the investigation that will be tossed. pic.twitter.com/Ek0lG8Y8XS
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) January 19, 2022
New York AG Finds ‘Significant Evidence’ Donald Trump Committed Fraud — and Files Motion to Force Him to Testify
The New York attorney general’s office filed a motion Tuesday aimed at forcing former president Donald Trump to testify as part of an ongoing probe into his company’s financial dealings.
In addition to the former president, the motion seeks to compel the testimony of his son Donald Trump Jr. and daughter Ivanka Trump, as well as the production of documents. According to a news release from the AG’s office, “each of the individuals was directly involved in one or more transactions under review.” The release notes that earlier this month, the Trumps filed a motion seeking to quash the interviews. Tuesday’s filing by the AG’s office opposes their motion.
“Since moving to compel the testimony of Eric Trump in August 2020, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has collected significant additional evidence indicating that the Trump Organization used fraudulent or misleading asset valuations to obtain a host of economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions,” the release states. “While OAG has not yet reached a final decision regarding whether this evidence merits legal action, the grounds for pursuing the investigation are self-evident. The OAG filed today’s motion to get necessary testimony and evidence from high-ranking corporate personnel with close involvement in the events under investigation to determine, among other things, their relevant knowledge about those events.”
Attorney General Letitia James said: “For more than two years, the Trump Organization has used delay tactics and litigation in an attempt to thwart a legitimate investigation into its financial dealings. Thus far in our investigation, we have uncovered significant evidence that suggests Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization falsely and fraudulently valued multiple assets and misrepresented those values to financial institutions for economic benefit. The Trumps must comply with our lawful subpoenas for documents and testimony because no one in this country can pick and choose if and how the law applies to them. We will not be deterred in our efforts to continue this investigation and ensure that no one is above the law.”
Image: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead
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