by Rep Tom Woods (D) HD 62
Sen Mike Phillips(D) SD 31
Sen JP Pomnichowski (D) SD 33
Rep Zach Brown (D) HD 63
Rep Chris Pope (D) HD 65
Rep Denise Hayman (D) HD 66
It was disappointing to see that most of the Republican legislators in our county signed a letter asking our governor to block Syrian refugees from coming to our state. Given that there are NO Syrian refugee requests to settle in Montana their letter appears to be the worst kind of politics: that which opportunistically capitalizes on fear. It’s just one of the reasons why we Democrats refused to sign this letter. There are others.
The United States has long benefited from welcoming people in search of a better life. Most all Americans have ancestors who’ve come from other nations. When America welcomed us, the door didn’t close on others, and it shouldn’t now. We wish to see our country remain a haven from oppressive regimes and religious extremism. It’s what has made us a great nation.
It’s important to ask ourselves what are the terrorists want to accomplish. They want us to be afraid. Well, we refuse to give them what they want.
We feel that anybody who undergoes the rigorous qualifications of achieving refugee status should be welcomed to Montana regardless of their religion or the color of their skin. This is about maintaining our values.