The above is one of the more famous families from Boone County. At any rate, every up and coming right wing douchebag politician trying to make a name for himself has done something similar to what you are about to read:
A state delegate has launched an online petition to urge Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin not to take in Syrian refugees.
So far, the governor’s office said it and homeland security have received no requests for Syrian refugees to come into the state. Catholic charities had been trying to relocate an unspecified number of people before the terror attack in Paris, but they had no received permission from the State Department for anyone.
Still, Del. Joshua Nelson has received about 3,000 signatures for his online petition so far. The Boone County Republican issued an open letter to Tomblin, as well as President Barack Obama, demanding that “un-vetted” Syrian refugees not be allowed to take up residence in the Mountain State. It’s not exactly clear how anyone could be vetted in chaotic circumstances going on in Europe, still Nelson said he fears a “Trojan horse.”
A spokesman for the governor said the information Nelson is spreading is not true.
“Delegate Nelson is unfortunately spreading information that is not true or accurate,” Chris Stadelman, director of communications, said in a statement to Eyewitness News. “The Governor’s Office has not been contacted by the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement regarding large-scale placements of Syrian refugees, and we do not anticipate a federal request for placement of refugees in West Virginia. Any smaller placements likely would take more than a year to occur. In any case, the state would ensure that proper security screening was conducted by federal and state officials.”
This is of course, futile, because Governor’s don’t get much say in this, it appears:
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.
And if that wasn’t enough, there’s this little tidbit:
All of the attackers from Friday’s massacre in Paris so far have been identified as European Union nationals, according to a top EU official. The announcement further casts doubt on the validity of a Syrian passport found near the bodies of a slain attacker.
“Let me underline, the profile of the terrorists so far identified tells us this is an internal threat,” Federica Mogherini, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, said after a meeting with EU foreign ministers. “It is all EU citizens so far. This can change with the hours, but so far it is quite clear it is an issue of internal domestic security.”
So to summarize:
1.) Show the Syrian refugees the video of Boone County, and most of them would probably choose to go elsewhere.
2.) If, for some insane reason, they chose to emigrate to Boone County, the Governor and this idiot hilljack state delegate can’t do anything about it, because it’s in the fucking constitution that they hold so close.
3.) None of the Syrian refugees were responsible for the attack.
4.) If today’s right wing was designing the statue of liberty, she’d have no torch, just an extended middle finger with the inscription: “Fuck you, I got mine.”