Governors do not actually control whether refugees are allowed in the state
Those behind the rally, ACT for America, blasted Gov. Jay Inslee’s remarks earlier this week welcoming of refugees, including Syrians. Supporters showed up to counter the scheduled rally.
Inslee was on National Public Radio and quoted as saying, “Well, I think, in moments like this, you got to understand, fear is a powerful thing. And these atrocities strike deep. And people are going to have very legitimate and real concern. But I think that leadership calls for people to, yes, recognize it’s real, act responsibly. In this case, that means insisting on a robust, multilayered screening process before they’re allowed in this country. And we have the luxury, frankly, unlike Europe, of doing all these multilayered things before people really step foot on our shores.”
He later responded in a letter to a request from members of the Washington legislators that he pause resettlement efforts in the state.
His letter, worth reading here, points out the vetting process refugees must go through and perhaps most noteworthy mentions, “it is well understood that governors do not actually controlled whether refugees are allowed in the state.”