Thursday, November 19, 2015

Psst, governors ... you can't actually refuse Syrian refugees

Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference.

Governors continue to line up to posture about how they’ll refuse to admit Syrian refugees to their states, but … can they even do that? According to Ian Millhiser, the answer is a clear-cut no:
As the Supreme Court explained in Hines v. Davidowitz, “the supremacy of the national power in the general field of foreign affairs, including power over immigration, naturalization and deportation, is made clear by the Constitution.” States do not get to overrule the federal government on matters such as this one.
Just in case there is any doubt, President Obama has explicit statutory authorization to accept foreign refugees into the United States. Under the Refugee Act of 1980, the president may admit refugees who face “persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion” into the United States, and the president’s power to do so is particularly robust if they determine that an “unforeseen emergency refugee situation” such as the Syrian refugee crisis exists.
That’s not saying these profile-in-courage governors—which sadly include at least one Democrat, New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan—can’t find ways to make it more difficult for the federal government to settle refugees in their states, or make life more difficult for the refugees (think of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s promise to send law enforcement after any Syrians who happen to end up in Louisiana). But they can’t flat-out refuse.
All this posturing because these governors would rather hand Islamic State terrorists a public relations and moral win rather than seem insufficiently Tough On Terror in the eyes of the most fear-prone voters.
hate and bigotry rots your mind and what better proof then republicans and their voters they all have the same fleas.  instead of adjusting to humanity they choose to let bigotry prevail is there anything White people don't fear aside from maybe police??????????????????????????

what happened to the we have to be the leader we have to be number one i see those things only count when it's war mongering boy have some Americans bought that proverbial pig in a poke with no lipstick  scared of everything until the republicans decide to go after it with a vengeance than they all hitch those wagons and ride through the elephant dung of cherry picked fear, smell you later/s