Sen. Graham, if you are so concerned about national security, why do you want to increase funding to import Syrian refugees? And why did you flip flop the day after this interview?
On last Sunday’s edition of CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Lindsay Graham who is rumored to be running for president–have you heard that, too?–talked tough about going after ISIS.
So why is he advocating more funding for to resettle Syrian refugees in the United States?
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who positions himself as a war hawk against ISIS, is co-sponsoring legislation with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., to nearly double the amount of funding Washington spends on resettling refugees from Syria.
Huh? Let’s read on, shall we?
On the day after the multi-pronged shooting and bombing attacks on Paris, which killed 129 civilians and injured 352, Graham pounced again on the theme that ISIS must be attacked at its core in Syria and destroyed, or there would be more attacks on Western cities.
One of Graham’s favorite talking points is, “If we don’t stop them over there, they are coming over here just as sure as I stand here in front of you.”
It’s curious, then, say his critics, that he would be pushing for escalating the importation of more Islamic refugees into U.S. cities and towns from the world’s most notorious hotbed of jihadist activity – Syria. …
The latest call for 100,000 Syrian refugees to be imported into the U.S. came just last week from Eleanor Acer, senior director of refugee protection at Human Rights First, a leading proponent of refugee resettlement and the transfer of Islamic immigrants from the Middle East to the West.
Acer gave kudos to none other than Lindsey Graham in a Nov. 12 op-ed for the Hill, citing his courage in calling for more Muslim refugees to be sent to America as part of the bill co-sponsored with Leahy.
Just one day before the Paris attack, Acer said Graham’s bill had “bipartisan support.”
“There is bipartisan support for increased appropriations to address the refugee crisis, as evidenced by the introduction of the Middle East Refugee Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act by Sens. Graham and Patrick Leahy,” she wrote. “This bill would provide an extra $1 billion in emergency funding for humanitarian aid and resettlement of Syrian refugees.”
Notice in the interview with Jake Tapper, Sen. Graham didn’t really answer the question about refugee resettlement, and naturally, Jake didn’t press it.
Also from the article:
Christina Jeffrey, former historian for the U.S. House of Representatives and a leading activist against Haley’s decision to allow the federal refugee program into South Carolina, said Graham and politicians like him seem confused. They call for war on ISIS abroad while importing the threat to the homeland.
“We should be defunding refugee resettlement not funding more,” Jeffrey told WND. “And I think the majority of people in South Carolina would agree. I’m not seeing much support for the refugee program (even before the Paris attacks) and I’m not seeing it among the black people I associate who are Catholics, who are students, who I exercise with at the WMCA,” the professor said.
Yet, it has to be more than just ignorance or naivety on Graham’s part, Jeffrey said.
“It’s not possible for me to think of our senator, Lindsey Graham, as not intelligent so I’m sure he has reasons for what he does but I don’t know what they are,” she said.
Obviously, Sen. Graham is very confused about a lot of things, otherwise he wouldn’t still be running for president. The very next day after the State of the Union interview, Lindsay came out in favor of a “time out” on Syria refugees. Say what?
If you live in South Carolina, or even if you don’t and would like to ask Sen. Graham to explain himself, you can contact him by email, phone, or snail mail. Here’s the information that you need.
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