Predictable but disappointing. As VPR’s Steve Zind reports:
Bruce Lisman and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, Vermont’s two Republican gubernatorial candidates, say the state should hold off on allowing refugees from Syria to settle in Vermont.
Oh, hooray, yippee, huzzah. What leadership, pandering to our fears instead of our values.
The two candidates are also showing their ignorance. Well, either that or their willingness to lie through their teeth.
“I think it’s incumbent upon us to [bar Syrian refugees] until such time as the federal government can prove it’s meeting its national security obligations,” said Scott. “Making sure that there is a rigorous process to be sure that it’s just peace-loving Syrians and others that want to come into our states.”
Hey, Phil. The federal government is meeting its national security obligations. It has an extremely rigorous process for vetting refugees. So much so, that it forces us to basically default on our humanitarian obligations.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Lisman issued a statement calling on the state to “take a step back” until security concerns are addressed.
“We do not want to inadvertently import dangerous people,” the statement said.
Bruce, Bruce, Bruce. The security concerns have already been addressed. They were addressed long ago.
Like I said, these guys are either uninformed or they’re demagogues. Take your pick.
Besides, if you want to indulge in scare tactics, there are better places to go.
Kevin Appleby of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the fact there’s never been a terrorist attack on U.S. soil by a refugee underscores the rigorous screening process that occurs before a refugee is admitted…
Appleby said it’s much easier to come to the U.S. as a student or tourist.
If you need proof that the refugee program is the least likely way for terrorists to enter the country, just look at the reality of the Paris attacks: the instigator and most of the attackers were (a) residents or even citizens of European countries, and (b) not of Syrian descent. (Say, are any Arabs paying their way into the country through the EB-5 program? You know, rich guys like, mmm, Osama Bin Laden?)
Aside from the lying and pandering, Lisman and Scott are also exactly like the kid who lost a quarter in an alley and searches for it in the street “because the light’s better.”
Dumb. Duplicitous. Demagogic.