An earlier report stated that Montana will not accept Syrian refugees was incorrect. We apologize for the error.
That’s the correction from an early broadcast that made me ashamed to be a Montanan. Here’s the accurate, updated link from KPAX-TV. Thank God Montana isn’t buying into knee-jerk paranoia (and dare I say right-wing political gamesmanship).
So at this point, I want to thank Montana Gov. Steve Bullock for not caving into the anti-refugee hysteria sweeping certain parts of the country. According to the Great Falls Tribune:
Montana does not plan to close its borders to refugees from Syria following last week’s attacks in Paris, Gov. Steve Bullock said Monday.
This is the background:
More than a dozen governors (now up to 25) have said they will not accept Syrian refugees in their states. The Republican governors are concerned that resettlement could open the door to terrorists.
Democrats Bullock and Sen. Jon Tester treaded lightly, saying they’d accept refugees but security was a top priority. Tester echoed Bullock:
… Tester opposed closing the U.S. border, but urged caution. “Any refugees fleeing the senseless violence in the Middle East must be carefully and thoroughly investigated before they are allowed to find safety in the United States,”
Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke, both Republicans, want to ban Syrian refugees from entering the U.S.:
” … the president’s current plan to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees (nationwide) only serves to open up our homeland to increased security risks, while doing nothing to solve the root cause of the crisis, which is the civil war in Syria,” Daines said.
Zinke urged House lawmakers to consider legislation to block the White House from bringing Syrian refugees to the United States.
Daines and Zinke are jumping on the bandwagon of regressive states with anti-immigrant fervor. But I’m pleased that some of our elected officials, albeit cautiously, are willing to accept refugees. Please hold strong. Montana can certainly afford to take them in.