President Barack Obama recently took time out from his busy Black Lives Matter world tour to remind the American people and various state governors that, as a Constitutional scholar and someone who clearly knows his way over, under, and around the hallowed document, that they have no authority to refuse Syrian “refugees” into the country and various local neighborhoods simply because the immigrant ranks will be shot through with suicidal Islamic terrorists.
As a reminder of Obama’s generosity with other people’s money, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) told state resettlement officials they may not deny benefits and services to refugees based on their country of origin or religion, which will no doubt boost the food stamp rolls to new heights and relieve the federal and state governments of excessive funds growing in their treasuries.
The letter, dated Wednesday, indicated that the heavy Federal boot of compassion will come down hard on the necks of those who do not comply and bend to the will of Obama, and they will be subject to suspension, termination, and possibly the endless screeching of Hillary Clinton preaching the evils of the Republican war on women. In any case, everyone better toe the line.
The other gentle persuasion being proffered is to remind any objectors that the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which has successfully eliminated racial division and anger throughout the United States, prohibits discrimination based on race and national origin, and the Federal government will be more than willing to withhold all federal financial assistance to those states objecting to the coming flood of Middle Easterners, meaning they will not be sending the money back that the states sent into Washington in the first place, especially, one assumes, to the red states.
Obama Threatens Those Who Choose Safety for Citizens
In a show of moderate sensibility, more than two dozen Republican governors indicated that they would rather not invite ISIS militants into their states and said they would resist refugee placement, even if they make a great pita bread. They also provided a letter to Obama citing their concerns and reminding him of strong public sentiment against the program, which became especially pronounced after U.S. citizens learned of the November 12 attack on Paris that killed and maimed hundreds, also that it was carried out by Islamic terrorists seeking to spread their particular brand of the religion of peace. Strangely, Obama did not seem to be interested in hearing what ordinary citizens who can only golf two or three times a month had to say.
In the House, lawmakers, including a sizable number of Democrats, approved a bill that would improve screening for Iraqi and Syrian refugees. The bill does not halt the refugee influx, but there is some question about the ability of the immigration department to determine which Syrian has a bald head under his turban, and which is hiding explosives.
It seems a valid concern when you find out that there are 11 million, or perhaps 25 million, illegal aliens already in the country that the federal government seems unable to find except when delivering welfare checks to them and seeking votes from them.
As he often does when caught in an inconsistency, Obama lashed out and stated that the vetting process is already thorough and can take two years to complete. Which is curious given the plan to settle the refugees in the next few months. As one wag said, if you like your terrorist, you can keep your terrorist. In any case, the battle continues, and the bill is still pending. Simply put;
The bill requires comprehensive background checks of every refugee from Iraq or Syria before they can be admitted into the United States and certification that each does not pose a threat.
The ORR reiterated the administration’s argument, saying that Syrian refugees are subject to even more precautions than other refugees, calling it “a multi-layered and intensive screening and vetting process involving multiple law enforcement, national security, and intelligence agencies across the Federal Government.”
“It is the most robust screening process for any category of individuals seeking admissions into the United States, and it is only after admission that ORR and our partners in resettlement begin our work,” the letter said.
Republicans reacted angrily to the letter, with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte calling the Obama administration’s stance “hypocritical.”
“While the United States has the most generous refugee system in the world, the American people are rightly concerned about admitting Syrian refugees and the impact it would have on the safety of their families and neighbors,” Goodlatte, R-Va., said in a statement.
“In light of these concerns, the majority of state governors have taken positions that reflect the views of their residents. It’s hypocritical for Obama Administration officials to threaten enforcement action against these states when they refuse to enforce the vast majority of our immigration laws, such as cracking down on sanctuary cities that openly defy federal law and endanger the American people,” he said.
Obama has indicated his determination to bring in ten thousand refugees or more this fiscal year, the makeup of which seems heavily weighted on the side of young, single, military aged men. He has not yet indicated how many of these refugees he will be inviting to live in his neighborhood or with him at the Whitehouse.