Question for Mr Key: do you trust your security screening more than the USA does its own?

John Key

By the time you read this, the number may have changed, but close to half of the US state governors have come out saying they will not accept any Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks.

The announcements came after authorities revealed that at least one of the suspects believed to be involved in the Paris terrorist attacks entered Europe among the current wave of Syrian refugees. He had falsely identified himself as a Syrian named Ahmad al Muhammad and was allowed to enter Greece in early October.

In announcing that his state would not accept any Syrian refugees, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Monday on his personal account, “I demand the U.S. act similarly,” he said. “Security comes first.”

“American humanitarian compassion could be exploited to expose Americans to similar deadly danger,” referring to Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley also rejected the possibility of allowing Syrian refugees into his state, and connected refugees with potential terror threats.

“After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program,” Bentley said Sunday in a statement.

“As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.”

Compare and contrast this to our government that mumbles about being at the arse end of the world and benign and having the right procedures in place to keep us all safe.

This is all true until the first attack happens here.   Sydney is also at the arse end of the world, and it would be foolish to assume that Australian security is worse than ours.

Are our screening procedures up to it?

Would it not make sense to not take Syrian refugees as a sensible precaution?  Not like we’re short of refugees from elsewhere.

All that sensible people are asking for is to call for a moratorium on Muslim immigration and Muslim refugees.   That puts our people first.  And isn’t that our government’s job?



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