President Obama Blasts Republican Hypocrisy On Syrian Immigrants

Barack ObamaRepublicans and conservative media have had a field day with fear-mongering about terrorism in the wake of the attacks in Paris. A number of Republican governors have announced that they would try to block the federal government’s plan to give asylum to 10,000 Syrian immigrants in the United States over the next year, and right-wing media sources have promoted rumors that many of the immigrants are possibly terrorists.


Some politicians like Ted Cruz have suggested that we take in Syrian immigrants, but only those who are Christians, because apparently there is no history of Christians ever committing acts of terrorism in the United States.

President Obama has not taken kindly to the conservative hypocrisy on Syrian immigrants, and fired back during his press conference yesterday.

Via Buzzfeed:

“When I hear folks say that, well, maybe we should just admit the Christians, but not the Muslims,” Obama said, “when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who’s fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful.”

“That’s not American,” he continued. “That’s not who we are. we don’t have religious tests to our compassion.” (Source)

These remarks were a thinly-veiled shot at Ted Cruz. His father fled Cuba during the early years of Castro’s rule and both father and son have embraced anti-immigrant viewpoints, as well as extremist Christian beliefs that mirror some of the teachings of radical Islam.

The First Amendment clearly states that our government cannot favor one religion over another, but that is what Ted Cruz and other Republicans are proposing when it comes to our treatment of Syrian refugees.


In addition to being incredibly hypocritical, it also furthers the message that radical Islam is promoting that the West is at war with their religion. What better way for them to prove to potential terror recruits that Americans are just as hateful, because we would only take in Christians while leaving Muslims to fend for themselves? Imagine the opportunities for a child to grow up and flourish in America versus the child who will grow up in a refugee camp or in war-torn Syria?

Our screening process is very thorough, and yes, it isn’t always perfect. However, screening people solely on the basis of their religious beliefs is a disgrace to our country’s history of religious freedom. It is as hypocritical as the Puritans who left England for the freedom to practice their version of Protestantism, only to exile or kill those who didn’t see eye to eye with their beliefs once they established a government in Massachusetts.

As a nation of immigrants, we should embrace Syrian refugees, not shun and hate them. We should judge applicants for asylum not on their religious affiliation, but on their needs and what they can contribute to this country. For us to give in to conservative hatred and bigotry is exactly what ISIS/Daesh is counting on to recruit future foot soldiers, and Republicans like Ted Cruz are playing right into their hands.



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  • strayaway

    There is almost no point to accepting Syrian “refugees”. Obama created or expanded the civil war in Syria which displaced millions of people. There was never any legal basis or logical reason why Hillary/Obama foreign policy supported the toppling of Syria’s legitimate leader who was our most potent regional ally against IS. If we want to help, a more cost efficient way of doing so is to allocate the same money to helping the millions of refugees in Mid-east refugee camps. That way, our refugee dollars would stretch further, when the shooting stops the refugees will be closer to home and more able to resume their lives, and there is not the risk that IS will sneak in agents among the refugees as they claim they have.

    Step one is to stop trying to unseat Assad by financing “moderate” rebels who turn their weapons over to IS. Republicans in Congress are as guilty of supporting this as Obama, Step two is to get behind the Red Cross and other credible aid organizations helping refugees in places like Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. We have thousands of homeless vets in the US. They should be housed before any consideration is given to housing draft dodgers from Syria and Iraq.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      get your head of the right wing bubble…..smh There really is no hope for you though. You are too far gone.

      • strayaway

        Tell us why, given IS’ history, its own claims it has infiltrated refugee ranks, recent mass killing of Russians and Parisians, and recent IS threats to hit Washington, DC next, you think its a good idea to bring in 10,000 or more Syrian refugees when more refugees could be cared for with the same money in Mid-east refugee camps..

        Even Senator Diane Feinstein thinks this its a bad idea.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        by your standard, Jesus would not make it into the US. But then, he wasn’t a Christian….

      • strayaway

        Your silly response aside, you failed to answer my question.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Who is housing them? That is such a ridiculous strawman…..is that really what Rush is having you regurgitate today? I see this same moronic “question” a lot today…..hmmmmm

        Have anything original?

      • strayaway

        US taxpayers. In fact a study was done by the federal government showing that previous Mid-eastern refugees have cost US taxpayers over $64,000 each over five years. That’s a quarter of a million dollars per family of four. If the intent is to help refugees, it could be done more cost effectively at refugee camps in Lebanon or Turkey. There has to be another agenda if it isn’t stupidity. That’s where you come in. I was hoping that you could answer my question.

        I’ll wait until you answer before further cluttering this thread responding to your inanities.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        LOL…..what is the cost of letting them die? That is really what you want. Let them die. GFY

        It costs more to bomb them and do all of the flyovers, and start another occupation/war.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        BTW, make a great case for RAISING the MINIMUM WAGE. If it costs a minimum of $50K a year, to raise a family, it is definitely time to take action. Why do you hate American families so much? Why don’t you want them to live at least as good as a refugee?

      • Jake Spooz

        This dumbass’ name is Chris Schiavone….he/she has multiple accounts and is a transvestite who sometimes poses as a Muslim woman.
        Check it’s Facebook page for some real laughs.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Fact:
        Steve Jobs, the son of a Syrian immigrant. I’ll trade you and all of the GOP pres candidates for him anyday.

      • strayaway

        steve Jobs was an adoptee. He was not a refugee. The Tsarnaevs were refugees.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist
      • strayaway

        When are you going to answer the questions I asked instead of ducking them?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        I don’t play strawman

      • strayaway

        You don’t even stay on topic.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        good luck in your psychosis, and head back to the bubble to come up with another “original” thought….

  • Hugh Everett

    Obama didn’t learn much from the impact of Ebola on the 2014 midterm elections. Wide open border policy has political downside.The GOP base is already sky high over Syrian immigration, but a single terrorist attack will destroy the entire Democrat Party in 2016.Please proceed Democrats.

    • noah vail

      republicans are good at getting us into wars then leave it to the dems to clean up the mess

      • Jim Bean

        May I remind you that Mr. Obie cared not for these little ones when Assad was tossing Chlorine bombs at them and now we have another non-Pub-caused mess that needs cleaning up?

      • noah vail

        how conveniently you forget why we’re in the middleeast to begin with..W!!! W!!! W!!!…the blame for this cluster f**k lies solely at the feet of the bush administration….

      • Jim Bean

        . . . . and the Democrats in Congress like Hillary, and Kerry, and Reid, and Biden, and Schumer.

      • noah vail

        a specious argument at best…it was a REPUBLICAN administration and a REPUBLICAN led congress…although a lot of dems voted for the war they didn’t find out until much later that Pres. Cheney and his puppet W had lied to them to get them to sign on…

      • Jim Bean

        (I get really, really nervous when someone here responds to me in a civilized and thoughtful manner – so much so that I have to stop and think awhile until I can remember how to respond in kind.)

        We were not the only intelligence agencies collecting intelligence and arriving at the conclusion that he probably had WMD’ After all, he’d had them before, had used them in the past and was defying inspectors.

        But a bigger point is that WMD’s alone were not what garnered support for the invasion. The free world was weary of Islamic contentiousness and Saddam was part of that. WMD’s only became a big deal when none were discovered and the Left was awarded something they could club Bush over the head with.

      • Jake Spooz

        It’ll take decades to repair Obama’s tenure of fraud waste and abuse……incompetence, arrogance and corruption.