The news yesterday was that our Republicans in Congress, Steve Daines and Ryan Zinke, have been thumping their chests about “protecting us” from Syrian refugees who, seeking to escape ISIS terrorists and rape camps, might settle in Montana. They will attempt to block the tiny number America is planning to take in. So far, the U.S. has sheltered only 1,800 from 2012 to 2015. Germany took in more than 90,000 during the same time. Syrian Americans that already live here and by all accounts do very well.
The stalled gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte also got into the act, tweeting late last night that he too would slam the door on people seeking to escape ISIS. How he plans to do this is unclear since it is obvious Governors do not have authority over such federal decisions. Gianforte should know that, but appears to be pandering to the racist voting block.
Gianforte should also remind himself that the company he founded, and which he sold for $1 Billion, made a habit of hiring foreign workers, using special H1-B outsourcing visas. So it was okay to bring in immigrant labor while he was making hundreds of millions from it, but now that he’s amassed his fortune, he no longer thinks that immigrants deserve refuge from brutality. Just the kind of principled leader we need.
For his part, Bullock said, “Montana will not allow any terrorist organization to intimidate us into abandoning our values.” Tim Fox, the attorney general, has remained silent on the issue, which is a good deal better than what these other three numbskulls Gianforte, Daines and Zinke have done.
And finally, don’t lose sight of the fact that Zinke, Daines, and Gianforte no doubt thought that the Iraq war–which largely caused the current state of affairs in the Middle East–was a great idea. They viewed the manchild president, George W. Bush, as a visionary foreign policy maker who surely must be followed, since he was clearly such a wise man. And they followed his vision, criticized all who opposed it, and now that we have the mess, naturally none of them want to participate in the cleanup.
As has already been pointed out in The Economist,
“If a potential terrorist is determined to enter America to do harm, there are easier and faster ways to get there than by going through the complex refugee resettlement process. Of the almost 750,000 refugees who have been admitted to America since 9/11, only two Iraqis have arrested on terrorist charges; they had not planned an attack in America, but aided al-Qaeda at home. Syrians in America have fared better than other groups of refugees, integrating quickly and finding work. Some have done very well indeed: the father of Steve Jobs, the ground-breaking innovator and founder of Apple, was a refugee from Syria. And the mother of Jerry Seinfeld, the comedian, is of Jewish Syrian descent.”
The Little Big Town MT blog also has a post on this which you should read.