VIA| It took only a few days after the attacks in Paris for states to begin saying they would refuse entry to Syrian refugees if the Obama White House tried to foist the migrants upon them. Now, in less than four days, no less than over half the states in our union — 26 in total — have announced that they no longer want to accept refugees from the area.
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, 25 Republican governors and one Democrat have stated their opposition to more refugees after a Syrian passport was found at the scene of one of the Paris attacks. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan was the only Democrat to express opposition.
CBS News also reported that 14 states have taken concrete action to stop refugees from entering.
The first state to take a stand was Alabama, where Gov. Robert Bentley issued a statement Sunday saying that the state would no longer accept refugees.
“After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program,” Bentley’s statement read. “As your governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.”
Since then, over two dozen other states have taken Alabama’s lead.
Needless to say, Barack Obama was hopping mad. During a news conference in Antalya, Turkey on Monday, the president said the United States needed “to step up and do its part” by accepting refugees, regardless of the danger.
“It is very important,” Obama said, “that we do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism.”
While that sounds all nice and tolerant, it’s worth pointing out that the issue of refugees is part of the issue of terrorism, especially since the Islamic State group has said that they would use the migrant crisis to sneak terrorists into the West.
To state otherwise is to ignore the problem — something these governors have decided their states cannot afford to do.