Delaware Governor’s Statement re: Syrian Refugees

In response to a Midlantic Dispatch inquiry, Press Secretary to Delaware Governor, Jack Markell has issued the following statement:

The Governor supports the President’s decision to provide asylum for refugees in the United States. It is unfortunate that anyone would use the tragic events in Paris to send a message that we do not understand the plight of these refugees, ignoring the fact that the people we are talking about are fleeing the perpetrators of terror. The safety of our citizens is always a top concern. And while any security system can always be improved, the federal refugee review system has the highest level of security checks of any traveler to American shores, including biometric and biographic checks and in-person overseas interviews by federal officials trained to ensure the applicant is a bona fide refugee and not a security risk. That system involves multiple agencies, including the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.

We have not been contacted to host refugees. However, if the federal government decides to place some of those refugees in Delaware, the Governor would work with our federal partners, while expecting them to recognize that the federal government must provide or pay for any services these individuals may need.

Also, here is a statement you may attribute directly to the Governor:

“Ronald Reagan once stood for ‘America’s tradition as a land that welcomes peoples from other countries,’ and one that shares with other countries ‘the responsibility of welcoming and resettling those who flee oppression.’ It is a shame the Republicans nationally who would close our borders do not share Reagan’s commitment to America being a welcoming country to those seeking safety from fear and persecution.”

(That Reagan quote is available here: www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws?pid=44128)

6 thoughts on “Delaware Governor’s Statement re: Syrian Refugees”

  1. It is not only a stretch of the imagination but absolutely ludicrous that Markell would even dream of comparing himself with Ronald Reagan. The fact that we must secure our borders in essential to protect ourselves from a silent but effective invasion. That Markell is the complete sycophant of Obama’s complete and destructive policies concerning our nation, Christianity and the will of the people, is not a surprise.
    How much did they offer you Jack, to sell out the people that you represent, or I could say Mis-represent. We all have to stand alone and answer in the end Jack. I believe you will be standing alone with other traitors, who have abandoned humanity.

  2. I don’t know why Jack is so set on following Obama’s lead. I know that House and senate Democrats are supporting legislation that would increase requirements for Syrian refugees to enter our country. The legislation will be veto proof!!!

  3. Ironically, one of Ronald Reagan’s collossal foreign policy mistakes was to tilt towards Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War. Alexander Haig publicly stated ” This will come back to bite us in the ass” before resigning as Secretary of State as it upset the balance of power and set in motion a whole series of events that led to the current mess we are in today.

    The US backed overthrow of Mossadec in Iran in 1952, eventually paved the way for Khomeni.

  4. How many refugees are going to Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Pakistan? How many are going to China?

    This refugee situation is not our problem. We are already being invaded through our southern border. Why exacerbate the situation?

  5. This situation represents another gross failure of the United Nations (specifically, the UNHCR). The idea of scattering refugees all over the globe in minor conflicts is absurd.

    Why not set up international save havens as temporary refuges with the goal of return to countries of origin , while simultaneously working to end the conflict.

    With intelligent planning this can be done even to the point of providing job opportunities and training to Refugees.

    But, this is an idea ahead of its time. It is utterly incomphehensible how an effective and enlightened supranational organization can be established from corrupt and decadent national governments in the first place.

    It’s predecessor, the League of Nations was an even sicker joke .

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