Chris Christie Gets Even More Disgusting Than The Rest Of The GOP On Refugees (VIDEO)
New Jersey governor Chris Christie has apparently decided it isn’t cruel enough to join his fellow Republican governors who are posturing about Syrian refugees, and decided to be meaner than everyone else.
Appearing on the right-wing Hugh Hewitt show, Christie proclaimed that he would not even allow Syrian orphans to come into New Jersey.
“I don’t think orphans under five are being, you know, should be admitted into the United States at this point. But you know, they have no family here. How are we going to care for these folks?” Christie said in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Monday.
“The fact is you can come up with a number of different scenarios, Hugh. But in the end, I don’t trust this administration to effectively vet the people that they’re asking us to take in. We need to put the safety and security of the American people first,” Christie continued.
Not only are Christie’s comments cruel and profoundly stupid, they are useless. Despite all their foot stamping, Republican governors actually can’t do a thing about the refugees headed to America.
Having learned nothing from past battles between the federal government and states over-asserting their powers, the right is wrong again:
The problem for Jindal, Abbott and the other governors opposed to admitting refugees, however, is that there is no lawful means that permits a state government to dictate immigration policy to the president in this way. 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.
Once again we have Republican governors making a lot of noise, sound, and fury signifying absolutely nothing about a major, serious issue. As President Obama and others have pointed out, this posturing is useless and un-American.
Syrian refugees are experiencing the same sort of horror we saw in Paris and far, far worse. While other Middle Eastern countries should step up more, America and our European allies are doing the right thing by helping these persecuted people. It is a sign of humanity and kindness to a largely Muslim population that counteracts the hateful message ISIS and its death cult spreads.
Of course Chris Christie would be on the wrong side, and doing so loudly.
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