Gov. Greg Abbott (TP-Texas) continues to posture on the issue of allowing Syrian refugees into Texas. Abbott must know that he is powerless to stop legitimately admitted refugees into the State, but that message would not play well with his Tea Party base. So instead, Abbott grandstands making spurious claims about his authority. But under the Refugee Act of 1980, a state governor cannot legally block refugees. Each state has a refugee coordinator, which is funded by the federal government. The coordinator works with relief agencies and directs federal funds for refugees. So while Abbott may be able to throw a wrench or two into the works, there is absolutely nothing he can do to prevent Syrian refugees from coming to Texas.
What our poor idiot governor is really doing is playing into the hands of ISIS. ISIS and the ongoing civil war in Syria have resulted in a flood of refugees overwhelming Europe. ISIS has seemed essentially powerless to stop this incredible population drain. That is until now. It seems clear to Red that ISIS intended the latest attacks in Paris to provoke the exact response we are seeing. Cut off the willingness of Europe, the US and others to accept refugees out of the fear that a few jihadists might slip through, and you will begin to see the end of people fleeing from ISIS because there is nowhere to go. ISIS wins. And that is to say nothing of the moral bankruptcy of abandoning thousands of families who are suffering because of the aftermath of W. Bush’s foolish Iraq warmongering.
Maybe the rise of ISIS was not exactly foreseeable, but that Iraq would descend into chaos unless we kept a major, major military presence there was inevitable. If Red hears, “The Surge worked and Obama lost the war,” one more time his head might explode. The Surge working only because, the die-hard Iraqis were smart enough to realize that they could wait us out and that there was no way the US was ready for a decades long occupation of Iraq. What has happened was more or less inevitable, but was also greatly aided by the civil war in Syria. And as much as we might like to, we cannot simply wash our hands of this mess. Taking legitimate refugees is a part of American tradition and responsibility that we cannot now turn our backs on. Unless, of course, you want ISIS to win.