Refugee resettlement has been in the forefront of national news since Pres. Donald Trump issued an executive order suspending the program for 120 days until adequate vetting of those from terror sponsoring nations is in place. The president is of the opinion that American security is more important than political correctness. After the Boston marathon carnage, San Bernardino, Orlando and a host of other bloody attacks by resettled but unwilling to assimilate refugees who bear allegiance to ISIS, few disagree with that premise as evidenced by recent polls.
Rasmussen Reports indicates most voters approve of President Trump’s temporary halt to refugees and visitors from seven Middle Eastern and African countries until the government can do a better job of keeping out individuals who are terrorist threats. The recent survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Thirty-three percent (33%) are opposed, while 10% are undecided.
The Arizona legislature is also responding to the issue with SB 1468, (click link to read) which amends Title 1, Chapter 2, Article 4 of the Arizona Revised Statutes with the addition of Section 1-272, relating to refugee resettlement. It was introduced by Sens. Judy Burges and Sonny Borrelli and Reps. Mark Finchem, Anthony Kern, Vince Leach and Don Shooter. The bill indefinitely suspends Arizona’s participation in the resettlement program and imposes a fine of $1,000 a day per refugee on any charity or group providing services to refugees.
Pew Research Center notes that with 4,110 resettled in Arizona in 2016, our state is number six among the top ten states to receive the largest number of refugees.
Before leaving office Barack Obama announced that 10,000 Syrians would be allowed entry the following year. As of Nov. 19, 2016, 31 Governors across the country were concerned enough by the potential for terror that they opposed the entry of new Syrian refugees according to this CNN map. (scroll down.)
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued this press release stating his immediate plan to halt the placement of any new refugees in Arizona a year ago.
The ‘flash mobs’ protesting these reasonable restrictions have been mobilized at airports around the nation by the same activist groups that protest a security wall along our southern border or other efforts to protect our nation and citizens from harm. John McCain’s longtime financier, Socialist billionaire George Soros, a leftist, open borders proponent, has funded numerous such anarchist organizations to create havoc. We saw them burn down Ferguson, Missouri, terrorize and ultimately shut down those who dare to engage in free speech on university campuses, and screech vulgarities on the mall in Washington, D.C. on the day of President Trump’s inaugural.
Today Paris is once again under attack. This time by a machete wielding man shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he attacked French soldiers at the Louvre Museum.
It’s past time to wise up. Arizona’s legislators are on the right track.