Editor’s Note: Don’t get me wrong, I am THANKFUL Gov. Haslam was one of the 31 who said “NO”. But look what it took for him to stand up and grow a …. backbone. Now that he has, let us keep the pressure on to stand in the gap against other federal tyranny like, the Common Core he is hiding under a new name, Medicaid Expansion which he will continue to push, and perhaps bring him to an understanding of what “shall all not be infringed” means.
Defying the wishes of the American people, President Obama remains determined to import tens of thousands of poorly screened Muslims as refugees from the civil war in Syria, and scatter them in communities across America. Taxpayer-funded agencies are ready to help the refugees gain access to welfare programs and enroll their children in local public schools.
After FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Oct. 22 that his agency is unable to vet Syrians adequately, the House of Representatives voted by over two-thirds (289 to 137) to add an extra layer of screening to the refugee resettlement process.
Almost two-thirds of the nation’s governors (31 out of 50) have told the president not to send Syrian refugees to their states without assurances that the influx would not become a Trojan Horse. Even New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who helped re-elect Obama in 2012 with a well-timed gesture of support during Hurricane Sandy, told the president: “I will not accept any refugees from Syria.”
Obama’s response to this groundswell of public opinion was to lash out with peevish petulance. Speaking in Turkey, which is 98 percent Muslim, Obama said: “When I hear folks say that maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims, that’s shameful. That’s not American. That’s not who we are.” A few days later in Malaysia, where Islam is the official state religion, Obama said that a preference for Christian refugees would constitute “prejudice and discrimination” that “helps ISIL and undermines our national security.”
Since Christians are the most widely persecuted group in the Middle East, you’d expect that Christians would be more likely to qualify as refugees, which requires demonstrating a “well-founded fear of being persecuted.” Yet of the 2,184 Syrian refugees Obama has already allowed to come here during the past four years, only 53 (or 2 percent) are Christian and 2,098 (96 percent) are Muslim, according to State Department statistics.
After Donald Trump called for a “database” of Muslim immigrants, Dr. Ben Carson said “we should have a database on everybody who comes into this country. I want to know where they came from, I want to know where they’re going and why they’re here.”
Databases do exist, but, as Trump says, our government lacks “good management procedures” to insure that visitors to our country follow the law. It’s estimated that half of the 11-plus million illegal aliens failed to leave when their time was up, even though they are on a government database.