O.K. where the hell do you stand on refugees and immigration generally?
Update! Reader SueB just sent this great website about refugee resettlement in Kansas. Check it out here.
When I saw this press announcement a couple of days ago, I just shook my head in wonderment.
Here, Kansas Governor (and former US Senator) Brownback sounds tough as nails on the issue of resettling Syrian refugees in Kansas, but he has been all over the map on refugees and immigration throughout his political career.
For example on Somali refugee resettlement. First, while on a key Senate committee, he was for Somali resettlement to America, then he was against it for Kansas.
Then he joined Islamic apologists Grover Norquist and Suhail Kahn in 2014 to demand that the GOP ‘welcome’ even more refugees to America. They said:
Our policies toward refugees are at the heart of our American values.
He is all over the map and that is why Republican voters have come to so thoroughly dislike the career (establishment) politicians.
Here is Brownback on Friday:
Topeka, KS –
Governor Sam Brownback today signed Executive Order No. 16-01, broadening his previous Executive Order 15-07 concerning the resettlement of refugees in the State of Kansas.
The Executive Order, Protecting Kansas from Terrorism, recognizes the continuing threat posed by terrorists and those sympathizing with terrorist organizations. The order says in part that “no department, commission, board or agency of the government of the State of Kansas shall aid, cooperate with, or assist in any way the relocation of refugees that present a safety and security risk to the State of Kansas, until such time as an adequate vetting process is in place with adequate assurances to the state.”
Statement from Governor Sam Brownback
“Recent events, including the arrest on terrorism charges of two men who entered the country as refugees, demand that we take prudent and responsible action to protect the citizens of Kansas. This is evidence that the Obama administration is disregarding the safety of our citizens through a refugee vetting system that is clearly inadequate.
It is my responsibility as Governor of this great state to do what we can to protect the citizens of Kansas and I will act to maintain the security of our state.”
So politicians can change their minds over the years. But, this is ridiculous!
See here at Refugee Resettlement Watch where we chronicled Brownback’s career on Somali refugee resettlement to America where he (as a US Senator) was a big supporter of the original scheme to bring in large numbers of Somali Bantus. Please see a detailed account of Brownback’s about-face here at VDARE in 2003.
And, please see the ten OPEN borders Republicans who in 2014 told the GOP to support more refugees for America, here.
Immigration THE litmus test for conservatism!
What drew my attention to Kansas’s governor right now (in addition to his press statement on Friday) is a mention of him in an excellent analysis at Bloomberg news by Ramesh Ponnuru about how a politician’s position on immigration is perhaps the most important litmus test there is (certainly in this election season, and probably well into the future) of a candidate’s “conservative” bona fides.
This is what Ponnuru says about Brownback demonstrating that one’s position on immigration didn’t previously matter to “conservative” voters. It is a testament to you that it now does matter!
The same pattern held in non-presidential races. In 1996, then Representative Sam Brownback of Kansas had nearly unanimous conservative support in his primary against an incumbent senator soon after he helped to defeat House legislation restricting immigration.
We already know that Executive orders like the one announced by Brownback on Friday are going no where (just more grandstanding)! I have some ideas of what governors might do to keep the issue alive this election year (Republican led Congress has proven itself hopeless!) and I’ll tell you about my idea shortly.
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