The Rundown: Syrian Refugees

Syrian Refugee

I think all you governors out there just need to take a deep breath…



While you were livin’ the high-life and making plans, something continued to move around you. What, life? No, American politics! This is ‘The Rundown.’ What is ‘The Rundown’ you ask? Other than a terrific action-comedy starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Stifler from ‘American Pie’, it’s our unique breakdown of major news stories that are currently hitting the political scene. In this edition we talk about the debate of Syrian refugees entering the US.



Some Primer



Before we get to that, here are just the facts surrounds the governors of 26 states that want to deny Syrian refugees from settling in their states.


  • It all started from remarks President Obama made at the G-20 press conference yesterday reiterating that the US would still take in Syrian refugees and said to not let them in would be “shameful.”
  • After President Obama’s remarks, many governors – most of them Republican – started to make public statements that they would close off their states to Syrian refugees.

  • By Wednesday, 26 governors in various states like Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Texas, Florida, and others made public statements that refugees were not welcome.

  • Legally speaking, since vetting refugees and settlement of them lies within the federal government, governors of those states can’t really do anything about it. Because of this, it has pushed conservative legislators like Sen. Rand Paul to push for legislation that would make it legal. (More on this in a bit.)


Ok, now everyone is on the same page.



The Inscription on the Statue of Liberty (According to 25 Governors in the US)  

Statue of Liberty


Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Unless of course they are of a different culture,

Particularly fleeing a devastating civil war.

In that I say to them,

Sorry but you’re out of luck,

Also don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out!


Such lovely words.



The No Refugee Club

Map of the No Refugee Club


The lists of 26 states that governors have said Syrian refugees aren’t welcome include:

  • Alabama (Gov. Robert Bentley)

  • Arizona (Gov. Doug Ducey)

  • Arkansas (Gov. Asa Hutchinson)

  • Florida (Gov. Rick Scott)

  • Georgia (Gov. Nathan Deal)

  • Idaho (Gov. Butch Otter)

  • Illinois (Gov. Bruce Rauner)

  • Indiana (Gov. Mike Pence)

  • Iowa (Gov. Terry Branstad)

  • Kansas (Gov. Sam Brownback)

  • Louisiana (Gov. Bobby Jindal)

  • Maine (Gov. Paul LePage)

  • Maryland (Gov. Larry Hogan)

  • Massachusetts (Gov. Charlie Baker)

  • Michigan (Gov. Rick Snyder)

  • Mississippi (Gov. Phil Bryant)

  • Nebraska (Gov. Pete Ricketts)

  • Nevada (Gov. Brian Sandoval)

  • New Jersey (Gov. Chris Christie)

  • North Carolina (Gov. Pat McCrory)

  • Ohio (Gov. John Kasich)

  • South Carolina (Gov. Nikki Haley)

  • Tennessee (Gov. Bill Haslam)

  • Texas (Gov. Greg Abbott)

  • Wisconsin (Gov. Scott Walker)

  • Wyoming (Gov. Matt Mead)



By the Numbers




Everyone Calm the Fuck Down!!

Jumping Out of Window


As we said before, state governors have no power if Syrian refugees can settle in their state or not once the US State Department has given them asylum in the US. However, if governors really wanted to make refugees lives difficult in their states, then they absolutely could block financial help from state agencies to help integrate them into communities. Which at that point governors cross the line from being paranoid over terrorism and start getting into “you’re just an asshole” territory. Like Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana who sent a Syrian refugee family to Connecticut.


As for Congress themselves, House Republicans are set to vote on a bill today that would make it almost impossible for Syrian and Iraqi refugees to enter the US. Its legislation Rep. Richard Hudson of North Carolina has been working on for weeks, but due to the Paris attacks, he’s pushing the bill through while the topic of terrorism is still fresh in everyone’s minds. President Obama has already announced he would veto the bill if it were to pass Congress.


While none of this looks great on America at the moment, the hope is that people don’t let fear and panic cloud their better judgment. Here’s to hoping cooler heads prevail.


We're Doomed



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