Abbott Cites Non-Existent Authority to Threaten Refugee Agency


Greg Abbott is one of the many Republican governors who have claimed authority they absolutely do not have to block Syrian refugees from settling in their states. Now he's citing that same non-existent authority, and even more bizarrely vaguely citing "federal law," to threaten to sue non-governmental agencies that provide support for refugees in Texas. … [Read more...]

Carson: Syrian Refugees Would Rather Stay in Camps

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Ben Carson went to visit a refugee camp in Jordan full of people who have fled the civil war in Syria and came back taking the utterly bizarre position that those refugees would rather stay in the camps than go anywhere else. Which perfectly explains why so many of them have been flooding into Europe and seeking asylum in other countries around the world. Because that's what you'd do if you were happy in the refugee camps. … [Read more...]

The Life of an American Muslim


Think Progress has a story about what it's like to be a Muslim in America in times like this, horrified and terrified of terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda and simultaneously horrified and terrified of xenophobic and nativist Americans who view them automatically with suspicion and far too often threaten them and discriminate against them. Much of the story focuses on Dearborn, Michigan. … [Read more...]

David Barton Dishonestly Addresses Obama on the Syrian Refugees


When several Republican presidential candidates started saying that we should only let in Christian refugees from Syria, President Obama responded forcefully, and correctly, saying that it is a violation of American principles to put a religious test on which people we show concern for when considering refugee questions. David Barton rather blatantly pretended he said something entirely different: … [Read more...]

ACLU Sues Indiana Governor Over Refugee Refusal


In the first of what I anticipate will be many such cases, the ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for his refusal to allow a Syrian refugee family from moving to that state. That declaration is rather blatantly unconstitutional. Indeed, it's difficult to imagine what the state's legal defense might actually be in arguing that Pence has such authority. … [Read more...]

Oh, Sam Harris. Do Shut Up Now.

It has reached the point where I just cringe every time Sam Harris or Richard Dawkins say almost anything about any subject. Harris has now come out and said that he would vote for a Ben Carson or Ted Cruz over Noam Chomsky for president because, even though he knows those people are highly dishonest and unqualified, he thinks they do take the real threat of reactionary Muslims seriously. … [Read more...]

New Huckabee Lie Reveals Hypocrisy on Immigration Deferrals


You may be vaguely familiar with the case of the Romeike family from Germany. They came to the U.S. seeking asylum after Germany banned homeschooling but were denied. The case went to several courts that upheld the refusal for asylum and the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal. Then the DHS decided to give them a deferral to avoid deportation anyway. Huckabee lies about that case: … [Read more...]

Trump Reiterates Demand for Database, Promises Waterboarding


Donald Trump made his typical appearance on a Sunday morning talk show, this time the one with George Stephanopoulos. And he made his typically uninformed, ridiculous and appalling statements. He started by declaring the Syrian refugees to be a "Trojan horse" because he saw a picture of the Syrian refugees in Europe and they looked like "strong powerful men." … [Read more...]

PolitiFact Debunks the Lie About Syrian Refugees Being Mostly Men


It has become virtually a mantra on the xenophobic and Islamophobic right that most of the Syrian refugees are "young men of military age" or some such nonsense. Carly Fiorina goes even further and says that the "vast majority" of the refugees are "able-bodied young men." PolitiFact points to data from the United Nations, which tracks all of the refugees, that completely refutes this claim: … [Read more...]

Rep. Steve King’s Utterly Inane Comment on the Refugees


Rep. Steve King is maintaining his reputation as one of the dumbest men in Congress by making one idiotic statement after another about the Syrian refugees. In an interview with a Breitbart radio show, he made one claim that may seem reasonable on the surface but is not supported by the facts or the math, and another one that will leave your jaw agape at both the factual claim and the moral depravity of it. … [Read more...]

Republican Congressman: Syrian Refugees Just Want a Free Vacation


Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama is looking to join Steve King and Louis Gohmert in the Fucking Morons and Vile Human Beings Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives and his latest outburst should certainly earn him a spot. He says the Syrian refugees -- four million of them, by the way -- aren't really fleeing violence and destruction, they're just looking for a "free vacation." … [Read more...]

Moore: Right Response, Wrong Reason on Refugees


One of the few hopeful signs in the midst of this spasm of fascist impulses in the uproar over Syrian refugees coming to the United States has been some evangelical Christian groups bucking the trend on the right and speaking out in favor of allowing them to come here. Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has the right response, but for the wrong reason. … [Read more...]