Hold the applause! The real test for the Governor will be if he brings a states’ rights lawsuit against the feds, which he can do now that he has withdrawn the state from the program.
But, it simply means that the US State Department/Health and Human Services and their NGO contractors will resettle refugees there anyway as they do in 12 other so-called Wilson Fish States. See the Tennessee lawsuit.
But, will he explain why he vigorously supported the resettlement of third worlders to the country while he was a US Senator (see 2003 VDARE article), and even as recently as 2014 when he signed a letter with Grover Norquist and others to the GOP to encourage more refugee resettlement for America.
But, here is the true test for the governor—will he take the Thomas More Law Center’s offer of free legal work and file a states’ rights case against the feds once they resettle refugees in the state (expending state money in the process) against the express wishes of the governor.
Kansas citizens need to get to work — no praise for the governor (who helped get America into the fix it is in with refugees) until he takes this final step to redeem himself! It does not require the state legislature to act as the plaintiff (TN was a special case with a refugee-supporting governor).
Don’t let him get away with saying this withdrawal is all he can do!
Governor Sam Brownback could be the plaintiff in the most important case ever to determine whether the federal government has the right to place a financial burden on state taxpayers by dropping needy third worlders into its towns and cities.
Here is the news from the Kansas City Star from yesterday (hat tip: Joanne):
Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday he is withdrawing Kansas from the federal government’s refugee relocation program because of security concerns.
Despite the state’s withdrawal, refugees will continue to be resettled in Kansas, federal officials said.
Brownback had already issued executive orders barring state agencies from assisting in the resettlement of refugees from Syria and other countries that posed a safety risk. The decision announced Tuesday removes the state from the program completely.
Feds to Brownback: we will shove it down your throats anyway (“welcoming” or not)!
But federal officials told Brownback that if the state withdrew, the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement would work directly with local refugee resettlement organizations and refugees would continue to come to the state.
“If the state were to cease participating in the refugee resettlement program, it would have no effect on the placement of refugees by the State Department in Kansas, or the ORR-funded benefits they can receive,” wrote Mark Greenberg with the federal Administration for Children and Families in an April 13 letter to Brownback.
Click here for our Kansas archive where we have reported on some big problems in Kansas with refugees, esp. with overload in schools systems. And, go here to the handy list and see who the feds have hired for the seeding of Kansas.
And one more thing…..
The U.S. State Department is taking testimony right now for the FY2017 RAP program (Obama’s last refugee importation plan) and there is no reason that state officials, including this governor, couldn’t send in testimony as well!
EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of Syrian refugee Ahmad al-Abboud, center, waits with his family at the International Airport of Amman, Jordan headed to Kansas City, KS on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)