Despite wildfire momentum across a majority of states calling for a pause or halt to Syrian refugees to the United States — both in light of the increased terror threat they pose and the inability to vet them — the Obama administration continues headstrong with its plans to keep ’em coming. Will of the people, be damned! National security, be damned!
In a further sign of just how heated this issue is, one Republican leader is now going a step further and declaring his plan to keep Syrian refugees out of his state — despite the federal government’s insistence.
And, oh boy, is President Obama ever going to hate this.
As The Tennessean reports:
A top Tennessee Republican lawmaker believes the time has come for the National Guard to round up any Syrian refugees who have recently settled in the state and to stop any additional Syrian refugees from entering Tennessee.
“We need to activate the Tennessee National Guard and stop them from coming in to the state by whatever means we can,” said House GOP Caucus Chairman Glen Casada, R-Franklin, referencing refugees.
“I’m not worried about what a bureaucrat in D.C. or an unelected judge thinks. … We need to gather (Syrian refugees) up and politely take them back to the ICE center and say, ‘They’re not coming to Tennessee, they’re yours.’ “
Casada was asked to elaborate on his proposal, and whether Tennessee had the authority to detain refugees.
“Tennessee is a sovereign state. If the federal government is forsaking the obligation to protect our citizens, we need to act,” Casada said during a phone interview with The Tennessean on Tuesday.
Several legal scholars, cited by USA TODAY and many other outlets, argue states have no legal authority to stop the federal government from sending refugees to their states. As first reported by the Commercial Appeal of Memphis, several state Democrats, including House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Stewart, asked for an opinion on the issue from Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery.
It is true that many legal experts on both sides of the aisle have noted states don’t have the authority to stop the federal government from sending refugees to their states. But I must say I find it rather ironic that Democrats and the Obama administration are suddenly relying on rule of law to shield them from this outcry from the states. The rule of law, it seems — usually a nuisance to Obama and his minions — can come in handy sometimes, I guess.
Naturally, with his bold suggestion to round up Syrian refugees and return them to ICE, Tennessee’s Casada is likely to become liberals’ poster child for GOP “hysteria” over the issue.
“I think that is one of the most extraordinarily misguided statements that I have heard made by a public official,” Stewart, D-Nashville, said in reference to Casada’s proposal.
“We need to approach this issue from a standpoint of strength and not fear, and we should have great confidence in our military forces and in our law enforcement agencies to keep our citizens safe. We don’t need to go off half-cocked and start interfering in the defense policy of our country.”
Indeed, the GOP leaders calling for caution on the refugee situation DO have great confidence in our military forces and our law enforcement agencies. That’s not the issue. These leaders are acknowledging the reality of an enemy’s own declaration that it’s using this very tactic — a refugee crisis — to infiltrate and inflict great harm on us. What’s really half-cocked is our administration’s apparent denial of reality and passive plan (and I use the term “plan” loosely) for screening this group — which almost certainly contains enemies coming with intent to harm our citizens. And the fact that the administration refuses to share with the states what little information it might actually have on these refugees can’t help but make one wonder: is the administration willfully choosing to look the other way to give the terrorists safe passage?
Yes, the Syrian refugee situation is a delicate issue, to be sure, given our humanitarian instincts and heritage of immigration. But we’re in unchartered territory with a group of immigrants that houses known enemies like ISIS. And unchartered territory often calls for entirely new approaches.
Which, the Obama administration has made clear, they are not interested in exploring on this matter — leaving a vacuum for others to try and fill.
What do y’all think of Casada’s idea? Too extreme or an extreme measure fitting of an extreme time?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]