Leave it to a Republican to come up with a barbaric way to help refugees.
Rhode Island State Sen. Elaine Morgan wrote a pretty outlandish comment in an email that was accidentally cc’d to other lawmakers. This typical Republican even went so far as to suggest segregation of the Syrian refugees:
If we need to take these people in we should set up [a] refugee camp to keep them segregated from our populus. I think the protection of our US citizens and the United States of America should be the most important issue here.
This Republican xenophobe goes on to completely stereotype Muslims and make horrendous accusations without any basis.
The Muslim religion and philosophy is to murder, rape, and decapitate anyone who is a non Muslim. I do not want our governor bringing in any Syrian refugees. I think our country is under attack. I think this is a major plan by these countries to spread out their people to attack all non Muslim persons.
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Wha? She’s just now worrying that our country is being attacked? Does she not recall Timothy McVeigh, the recent school massacres or even the KKK? We have been under attack – and not by Muslims.
Senator Morgan went on to imply the refugees were going to earn their freedom:
Any civil war is horrible but these people need to stay and fight for their country. We as Americans fought our civil wars if we had fled what would have happened? We wouldn’t have the freedom and prosperity we enjoy today
Seriously, the population is mostly made up of women and children, and you would rather suggest they take part in a war instead of running?
Thank goodness the email reached someone with good sense. Democratic Rep. Aaron Regunberg used his own grandfather as an example because was forced to flee Nazi Germany as a refugee at one point.
I am alive today because — after great desperation and hardship — my grandfather was able to flee Nazi Germany and find safety as a refugee in the Philippines. We can do this responsibly and safely, and I urge you to keep Rhode Island true to its long history of welcoming those who seek sanctuary from persecution.
Republicans can call these camps by whatever name they want. It still doesn’t take away from the fact that these are concentration camps- and shouldn’t even be considered.
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