HELP to Express Outrage as 47 Turncoat Democrats Vote Against Syrian Women and Orphan Refugees

Contact your member of Congress if s/he voted against refugees to register your complaint – see the list and then ensure you inform your Senator of your stance for the widows and orphans of Syria and Iraq!

By Melanie Nathan, November 22, 2015.

A discriminatory bill that purports to expand background checks on Iraqi and Syrian refugees hoping to enter the United States has moved quickly through congressional procedures. H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies SAFE Act, received a House vote on November 19, just two days after it was introduced. The vote succeeded 289-137 with almost all Republicans and 47 turncoat Democrats voting in favor.   President Barack Obama has said he would veto the bill if it also passes the Senate. This Bill is anything but SAFE!  Its is nothing but a political red herring that hurts more than just our reputation as a freedom loving country.

When Democrats turn and vote the way the 47 did, we can be assured that we either have a lot of very ignorant representatives in Congress, or a bunch of religious bigots, aiding and abetting the Republicans to ensure that we are no longer a country at the helm of humanitarian deeds, but rather a country gripped by fear and knee jerk political reactivity.

Refugees Welcome campaignMillions of refugees from Syria and Iraq have been forced out of their homes as a result of the ongoing civil war in Syria and militarization by the Islamic State (ISIS). Many of these refugees hope to find sanctuary in the United States and European countries. Under existing law, the United States vets refugees for eighteen months to two years prior to allowing refugees to enter the country. If enacted, this bill would likely pause the screening process, while new background check procedures are developed, and then lengthen the time the screening process takes. Given the current protocol, it is simply outrageous and will likely bring the Syrian and Iraqi refugee resettlement to a grinding halt.

H.R. 4038 purports to expand the screening process for those refugees attempting to enter the United States by requiring the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct its own background checks in addition to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS). Any refugee would be prohibited from entry until the FBI certifies that they pose no security threat. Refugees would only be admitted with the unanimous agreement of the FBI, DHS, and Director of National Intelligence.   This will do nothing more than we are already doing, except hold up the process for individuals who really do not need any extra level of scrutiny. What a waste of our time and money.

The bill was introduced by House Republicans after a report that an individual who participated in the Nov. 13 attack on Paris used a Syrian passport and matched fingerprints with someone who entered through Greece in October.

House Republicans wrote in a summary of the bill:”Top Administration counter-terrorism and security officials have repeatedly told Congress that the current refugee vetting process is insufficient to ensure terrorists are not admitted as refugees,”

Republicans proposed SAFE ACT on the phony belief that the bill will prevent possible attacks from occurring within the United States. Yet it is now clear that the attackers in Paris were primarily of French and Belgian nationality, despite the use of the Syrian passport, who were linked to a branch of ISIS.  Surely the turncoat Democrats can now see the folly in such legislation. It is more likely that we will see terrorism from within and from home grown terrorists which is exactly what just happened in Paris.

In fact the media has helped to create a false notion of what it is like for refugees coming to the USA and our Congress seems to be ignorantly caught up in the imagery the media has presented.  Refugees coming to the USA do not get to cross over in the tens of thousands like we have been seeing on TV.  It does not work like that.  Unlike Europe we have the Atlantic and Indian Oceans as an enormous barrier. Admittance of refugees into the USA is quite different from the flood of refugees pouring into Europe.  See the infographic below.

The entire process and logistics make it impossible for thousands of refugees to simply walk in. Yet TV makes it seem that the latter will occur.  Given the protocol and arduous process it is unlikely that a terrorist would even risk trying to be a refugee. Firstly a refugee has no choice as to country of resettlement. Secondly it takes well into the  2 years for UNHCR to determine – together with several countries – which country a particular refugee will be allocated.

Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD5) noted that current vetting process is just fine:

“The bill rests on a faulty assumption that the European refugee screening process is similar to the United States screening process. This is entirely inaccurate,” he wrote in today’s Daily Whip.

Rather than improve security, Hoyer said that H.R. 4038 would prevent refugees from entering the country by making the vetting process overly inefficient. He described the bill as a “knee-jerk reaction” to a situation in Europe dissimilar to our own. Even with Democratic leadership against the bill, one-fourth of Democrats still voted to pass it in the House vote.

I hope you join me by sending your representative in Congress a message and also that you reach out to your Senators expressing your concern about this legislation.  It is clear that they are overriding the real issues with this so called  ‘SAFE’  Act – a mythological acronym.  I fear that it will create a false sense of security, serving to brush the real issues facing us under the rug. This is the message I am in the process of sending to each and every one of the 47 Democrats:

SHAME ON YOU for voting for the so called SAFE ACT – You have voted against our American values. You have voted against Democrat Party values and unity. You have voted contrary to the President’s advisory – who is much more informed on the issue than you! This anti-refugee legislation will make NOT make America any safer. If anything it’s a red herring that creates a false sense of safety on the backs of widows and orphans. If you know anything about the refugee process and had any understanding about your own country you would be aware of the following:

1) UNHCR and a multitude of USA agencies put refugees through an enormous amount of scrutiny. The scrutiny is much more intense than for any single visa process. It takes at least 18 months to 2 years to go through.   Also refugees have no idea where they will be sent at least a year into the process! No terrorist would be stupid enough to come into the USA as a refugee. It is much more effective and easier for them to get in on a student, visitor or business visa and they have the money and set up to do it;   AND

2) The greater dangers are from within the USA itself – the KKK – white supremacists and the Tim McVeighs of the USA. Poverty is the problem that will result in home grown terrorism and therein lies our biggest danger.

If you believe there are holes in our refugee resettlement process system – why was there no fix before this? The United States has one of the most arduous and strict screening processes available, without this new insidious legislation.  Congress and your energy would have been much better spent on legislation that helps to reduce poverty within the USA. A satisfied populace will not breed the ‘home-growns’ we are now bound to face.

This vote is one of anti-Muslim discrimination, ignorance of our process and knee jerk politics. Where do you fall into this picture?

You will now stand in history as punishing the very victims of our mutual enemy. These refugees comprise several religious minorities, LGBT people and others impacted by the tyranny of extremists from whom they escape religious, ethnic, gender and sexual persecution.

This legislation does nothing more than choose ignorance, racism and political wedging above humanity and efficiency!

Melanie Nathan, Executive Director, African Human Rights Coalition,     #REFUGEESWELCOME

@______________ (tweet) SHAME ON YOU legisl on the backs of widows orphans is not #SAFE or expedient #REFUGEESWELCOME

These Democrats allowed themselves to get hauled into a vote on minimal notice and were suckered into the Republican narrative, without doing extensive research.  That one terrorist in Paris turned us against refugees is a sign of cowardice and gives the terrorists the upper hand, a victory. We have allowed them to further victimize the most vulnerable victims of ISIS murderous campaign.  I am ashamed of these Democrats – truly ashamed!

HERE IS THE LIST OF the 47 turncoat Democrats:

  1. Rep. Pete Aguilar (Calif.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-3201
  2. Rep. Brad Ashford (Neb.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-4155
  3. Rep. Ami Bera (Calif.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5716
  4. Rep. Sanford Bishop (Ga.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-3631
  5. Rep. Julia Brownley (Calif.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5811
  6. Rep. Cheri Bustos (Ill.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5905
  7. Rep. John Carney (Del.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-4165
  8. Rep. Gerry Connolly (Va.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-1492
  9. Rep. Jim Cooper (Tenn.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-4311
  10. Rep. Jim Costa (Calif.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-3341
  11. Rep. Joe Courtney (Conn.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-2076
  12. Rep. Henry Cuellar (Texas) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-1640
  13. Rep. John Delaney (Md.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-2721
  14. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Texas) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-4865
  15. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-4906
  16. Rep. John Garamendi (Calif.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-1880
  17. Rep. Gwen Graham (Fla.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5235
  18. Rep. Gene Green (Texas) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-1688
  19. Rep. Janice Hahn (Calif.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-8220
  20. Rep. Jim Himes (Conn.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5541
  21. Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-3335
  22. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (Ohio) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-4146
  23. Rep. Bill Keating (Mass.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-3111
  24. Rep. Ron Kind (Wis.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5506
  25. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (N.H.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5206
  26. Rep. Jim Langevin (R.I.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-2735
  27. Rep. Dan Lipinski (Ill.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5701
  28. Rep. Dave Loebsack (Iowa) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-6576
  29. Rep. Stephen Lynch (Mass.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-8273
  30. Rep. Sean Maloney (N.Y.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5441
  31. Rep. Patrick Murphy (Fla.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-3026
  32. Rep. Rick Nolan (Minn.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-6211
  33. Rep. Donald Norcross (N.J.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-6501
  34. Rep. Scott Peters (Calif.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-0508
  35. Rep. Collin Peterson (Minn.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-2165
  36. Rep. Jared Polis (Colo.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-2161
  37. Rep. Kathleen Rice (N.Y.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5516
  38. Rep. Raul Ruiz (Calif.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5330
  39. Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5261
  40. Rep. Kurt Schrader (Ore.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-5711
  41. Rep. David Scott (Ga.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-2939
  42. Rep. Terri Sewell (Ala.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-2665
  43. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-9888
  44. Rep. Louise Slaughter (N.Y.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-3615
  45. Rep. Marc Veasey (Texas) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-9897
  46. Rep. Filemon Vela (Texas) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-9901
  47. Rep. Tim Walz (Minn.) Twitter|Facebook
    Phone: 202-225-2472

EDUCATE YOURSELF at Center for American Progress website. Here is the Process for screening of refugees before entry into the USA:


8 thoughts on “HELP to Express Outrage as 47 Turncoat Democrats Vote Against Syrian Women and Orphan Refugees

  1. Reblogged this on Fairy JerBear's Queer/Trans News, Views & More From The City Different – Santa Fe, NM and commented:
    I wholeheartedly support this! Thankfully New Mexican Democrats did not vote for xenophobia.

  2. Pingback: HELP to Express Outrage as 47 Turncoat Democrats Vote Against Syrian Women and Orphan Refugees | Daily Queer News
  3. Hey Melanie, I’m engaged to gay marry a transgender, a hot shiksa like jenna talackova.

    I’ve become pariah to some old friends of mine who now consider me gay.

    I actually consider it perfectly straight, and believe transgenders should be dissociated from filthy gay men, removing the T from the LGB.

    How can I get aboard the LGBT activism money train?

    1. Not sure even YOU can get on board – your attitude is somewhat off putting – sorry to say! You said it yourself Pariah! Lets play with the labels you bandy about –
      Have you NOT always been GAY? Now can we say you are bisexual? You cannot be straight – because you just are not!
      The T in LGBT has nothing to do with trans people associating sexually if that is what you mean
      The “T” in LGBT has everything to do with a group – all named in LGBT – who not having full Federal and State equality under the law – and being subject to / victim of ________phobia!
      That said why exclude anyone? Perhaps we should add “W” to LGBT so it reads LGBTW – because women also do not have equality in many countries.
      As for the money train? I have been an activist in the LGBT community and still have yet to see the money train come to my station – so you are asking the wrong person. All my activism has been pro bono.

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