Trump Does the Secret Sources Thing Too


For months, Donald Trump has been claiming that Obama is planning to bring in 250,000 Syrian refugees, which is a rather blatant lie. The number is 10,000 by the end of 2016. That is the figure they notified Congress of in a mandatory filing on refugee resettlement that is made every year. When asked why he keeps lying about this, Trump took a card from Ben Carson and claimed he has secret sources. … [Read more...]

Wildmon Declares Himself ‘Skeptical’ of All Muslims


Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association had Southern Baptist megapreacher Robert Jeffress on his radio show and said that because all terrorists are Muslim -- wrong, not even close -- he now finds himself "skeptical" of all Muslims. Jeffress responded by saying that as Christians they "individually want to love Muslims," but only so they can convert them to Christianity. … [Read more...]

Perkins: Accepting Syrian Refugees Proves Obama Hates America


Tony Perkins joins the chorus of xenophobic stupidity that is spewing out of the "Christian" right like a geyser after the Paris attacks. He cheers on those governors pandering to bigoted know-nothings by trying to block any Syrian refugees from moving to their states and says that the fact that Obama wants to take in a very small number of them is proof that he hates America. … [Read more...]

CFI Takes Strong Stand for Accepting Syrian Refugees


As a board member of a Center for Inquiry affiliate, I am very pleased to see CFI headquarters issuing a very strong statement about the importance of not allowing fear and hatred to stop us from offering shelter to refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war. Here is their full statement on the matter, which is very well written, presumably by Paul Fidalgo: … [Read more...]

Cruz: My Refugee Dad is Totally Different


Dana Bash did an interview with Ted Cruz in which she asked him a rather obvious question: What about your own father, who was a refugee from Cuba? What if the government had decided that he was too much of a risk to let in the country? Cruz' answer, predictably, was highly dishonest, as he pretended that his father's situation was totally different: … [Read more...]

Pro-NRA Legislator: Refugees Might Buy Guns!

I have tried for a long time to get more people to use the wonderful Yiddish word chutzpah to describe many statements by politicians and here's another great example of it. A Texas legislator who is a major supporter of the NRA says that we can't let Syrian refugees into the country because it's so easy for them to get a gun here that they would succeed and, presumably, do bad things with them. … [Read more...]

A Nation of Immigrants That Hates Immigrants

Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it, says the quote that has been attributed to a million different people over the years. Those who know history are doomed to watch it repeated, says the less commonly cited corollary to the rule. An old post at the Volokh Conspiracy that cites a Gallup poll from November, 1938, should help provide a bit of perspective on the current controversy over Syrian refugees. … [Read more...]

Republican Governors Strike the Xenophobia Pose


In the wake of the attacks in Paris, nearly a dozen state governors, all of them Republicans, have come out and declared that they will not accept any Syrian refugees granted asylum in the United States. I am about equal parts appalled by the xenophobia and jingoism and amused at the notion that they have such authority. They don't, at least partly for the reasons Ian Millhiser offers: … [Read more...]

Obama: How is Trump Going to Pay for Mass Deportations?


Donald Trump's promise to quickly deport 11 million undocumented people from the country is, like most of his plans, provoking derision from people who understand just how difficult, if not impossible, it is to achieve what he swears he can do with a virtual wave of his hand. President Obama even got into the act this week, pointing out that Trump's plan to deport all those people is prohibitively expensive: … [Read more...]

Savage: ‘People’s Tribunal’ Should Find Obama Guilty of ‘War Crimes’

Michael Savage went on the Alex Jones show this week, so you know there was some major league bullshit being spewed. Savage was his usual sputtering, incoherent self, bizarrely claiming that if Congress doesn't impeach Obama, there should be a "people's tribunal" formed to charge him with "war crimes"...over his immigration policy? *scratches head in bewilderment* … [Read more...]

Cruz Lies About Immigration Figures


Ted Cruz knows that if you're going to win the Republican presidential nomination, you have to scare the hell out of primary voters. You have to build up some massive threat that only you can prevent and Republican xenophobia and fear of outsiders makes that an easy task. And in Cruz' case, you do this by just plain lying about it, claiming that Obama is bringing in "millions" of illegal immigrants to do horrible things to the country. … [Read more...]

Savage: Obama! Hitler! Hitler! Obama!

The completely deranged Michael Savage went on another of his usual rants last week, something something ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS something something HITLER something something OBAMA IS GOING TO DESTROY US ALL. It's like his supply of contrived outrage is absolutely limitless. Then again, when you make huge money to peddle this paranoid bullshit to the credulous, I'm sure it gets quite easy to keep doing it. … [Read more...]