We reported on the letter that 18 US mayors sent to President Obama here in which they told the President that 10,000 mostly Muslim Syrians for fiscal year 2016 (that began October 1) is too few. They want 100,000!
ACT for America is calling on its members and supporters to send letters to the 18. They cite the enormous cost of resettling that many refugees in addition to security concerns confirmed by the Director of the FBI (here) just last week.
Here they are:
Ed Pawlowski, Mayor of Allentown, PA
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore, MD
Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston, MA
James Diossa, Mayor of Central Falls, RI
Mark Kleinschmidt, Mayor of Chapel Hill, NC
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, IL
Edward Terry, Mayor of Clarkston, GA
Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, OH
Domenick Stampone, Mayor of Haledon, NJ
Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor of Hartford, CT
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, CA
Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis, MN
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, NY
Jose Torres, Mayor of Paterson, NJ
William Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA
Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe, NM
Francis G. Slay, Mayor of St. Louis, MO
Stephanie A. Miner, Mayor of Syracuse, NY
Stop U.S. Mayors from Importing Un-vetted Refugees
18 mayors from around the country recently signed an open letter to President Obama, asking for even more refugees than the huge numbers his Administration has called for, and most ridiculously of all, praising the current background check process. If you have seen the news lately, you’re probably aware that almost all refugees are now claiming to be from Syria and are throwing away their ID’s and passports from their country of origin.
Ask yourself: How is it possible to do a background check on someone from a war zone? How can you know the person’s true identity? What about people from the regions ISIS controls? Does the State Department call up ISIS and ask if the person is a terrorist? Is the State Department cooperating with Assad’s government to perform background checks? Any claim by the White House or the State Department that thorough screening and background checks are being performed on these refugees is a terrible joke.Unfortunately, it’s one with severe national security ramifications.
Further, with today’s rampant unemployment and low wages, why would we introduce even more competition against American workers for the few jobs that are being created? What will happen to American wages when there is even more competition for jobs?
What will happen to our schools? Budget cuts and teacher shortages are already hurting schools across the country. Are schools ready to accept thousands of additional students with no extra funding? Most of the students will not speak English. How will our schools afford or ever find qualified teachers in the various languages required to staff entire parallel systems of all the classes currently being offered? This will require massive budget increases that are just not available. The only possible way to fund this is to drastically siphon off resources from current students and lower the quality of their education.
There are numerous other infrastructure problems this refugee resettlment scheme will bring related to traffic, power, sanitation, housing, crime, and healthcare. This has clearly not been thought through very well.
It is merely a cheap ploy by these mayors to grab votes without regard for the multitude of problems it will inflict upon the citizens of their cities.
It’s time to stand up for our communities and hold these elected officials accountable for their foolish actions. Shame on them.
We’ve provided an email with talking points for you to send to these mayors. (You only have to do it once and it will go to all of them.)
Please click here to take action and make your voice heard today.