Letter I Sent to Members of Congress in Support of Refugee Resettlement

I modified text of a letter promoted by Lutheran Services Carolinas & sent it to my 2 Georgia Senators & my GA-12 representative.

As your constituent, I urge you to protect and rebuild the refugee admissions program. It is critical that Congress holds the Administration accountable to meeting this year’s refugee admissions goal of 30,000 – already a historic low – and to setting a goal of at least 95,000 refugees in FY 2020. I also call on you to do everything in your power to protect asylum seekers and prevent the Administration from returning people seeking protection back into harm’s way. Continue reading

So-Called “Travel Ban” isn’t Based on Security Considerations, Plus #AbolishICE

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People carrying signs protesting the deportation of Iraqi-American immigrants. Max Ortiz, The Detroit News

Chris Gelardi wrote a fantastic article in The Nation of March 8, 2019 entitled ICE Is Terrorizing Iraqi-American Communities. The excerpts below demonstrate that #45Regime used the threat of inclusion in the Muslim Ban to pressure nations into cooperating with deportations of their nationals from the United States, thus belying the claim that the Muslim Ban had anything to do with protecting the USA from terrorism. Continue reading

Bigot Harkens Back to Civil War Nostalgia to Ban Syrian Refugees

I’ve previously blogged about the dangers of romanticizing the United States Civil War by ignoring the question about whether the cause of the combatants was just and emphasizing their heroism.

Read how one bigot testified at a South Carolina Senate hearing urging adoption of legislation restricting resettlement of Syrian refugees in South Carolina:

I find it curious that Syrian men of fighting age have abandoned their country in a time of crisis; American men did no such things during our bloody Civil War.

Read more of this witness’s testimony and my rebuttal of some of its points.

Ignorance Towards Syrian Refugees at All-Time High in South Carolina Hearing

A South Carolina Senate committee hearing on proposed legislation to restrict Syrian refugee resettlement included misleading testimony. Reporter Eva Moore authored this article published in the Free Times of January 27, 2016.

And one woman went all in on themes touched on by a number of other speakers.

“Not only is the federal government bringing South American and Central American foreigners to disenfranchise me,” she said, “But in their frenzy to import a more favorable voting bloc the federal government is compelling South Carolinians to accept Muslim refugees as well.”

She invoked the recent mass assault in Cologne, Germany, suggesting a deeper agenda to refugees’ desire to come to America.

“I find it curious that Syrian men of fighting age have abandoned their country in a time of crisis; American men did no such things during our bloody Civil War,” she said. “Could it be that wealthy older male Muslims have taken for themselves a disproportionate number of wives? Perhaps these older polygamists are only too happy to send their young men out to take women through conquest. And if they die trying, their imams have assured them that their deepest sexual and social frustrations will finally be satisfied. How disastrous that European men relinquished their duty to defend their wives and daughters and permitted their government to strip them of the means to do so.”

The racism & religious bigotry reported in this article are outrageous, but pointing that out hardly seems to matter these days. A few basic facts should be mentioned, however. Continue reading

Those Ungrateful Muslim Refugees Threaten Their Hosts in South Africa! More Islamophobic News Distortion

In Augusta, Georgia, USA, our peace group published a column on its website objecting to our governor’s executive order prohibiting Georgia government agencies from aiding Syrian refugees. When our local daily paper published it as a letter to the editor, one online commenter referenced an incident in the Republic of South Africa as evidence that the USA should not accept Syrian refugees. Continue reading