These are dangerous times in Arizona and across the world. The terror in Paris and San Bernardino are reminders that evil can appear anywhere, and anytime. One of the terrorists in Paris entered Europe embedded in a group of Syrian refugees. One of the killers in California entered the United States under something called a “fiancé visa’, after being radicalized. No matter what precautions we try to take in the U.S. to keep our citizens safe, it seems there will always be criminals and terrorists able to avoid detection.
That’s why I support Governor Ducey’s effort to be sure that Arizona has a say in who is brought here. It will be Arizona taxpayers who will need to help fund these refugee families, and it will be Arizona families who will be harmed if terrorists fall through the vetting cracks and end up in our state. It is Governor Ducey’s responsibility to protect the health, welfare and safety of Arizona’s citizens.
America is a welcoming country, and it will continue to be, but we also must use vigilance and common sense when we determine who can enter our great country. When it comes to Muslim refugees, we should not only base our decision on what is best for us, but what is also best for them.
Many Muslims live under Sharia Law. Islam is a political system as well as a religious system and Sharia Law is at the center of that system. Our Constitutional form of government is in direct opposition. Would they not be happier in a country that better reflects their beliefs? Balancing compassion with common sense would tell America that we should help relocate these refugees in other Muslim countries.
Glenn Beck, through his charity Mercury One, has just relocated 149 Christian refugees from Iraq to Slovakia. Thousands of Americans donated to Beck’s charity to fund the relocation. Since the US is not allowing Christian refugees (why aren’t we???), Beck found a country who would take them. Close to 500 refugees had been planned for relocation, but the United Nations and the European Union put heavy pressure on Slovakia to stop taking the Christian refugees.
In 1980, my Tenney extended family sponsored a Hmong family. That program required fellow Americans to take responsibility in finding housing, employment and all their other needs. The family we helped was a father, mother, three girls and a grandmother. They lived at my mother’s house, and I helped get the girls into school and found a job for the father. These refugees were being targeted because the father had fought on the side of America in the Vietnam War. The Communist governments that took over South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia swept through those countries, killing millions. Today, this family lives in California, and the girls have all graduated and are good productive citizens. It was very rewarding for me to help this family. I am not against helping people in need.
Common sense is needed. Our lives, as well as the lives of the refugees, depend on it.
Senator Sylvia Tenney Allen
President Pro Tempore, Arizona State Senate