by Pam Zubeck
Following a statement from Gov. John Hickenlooper that Colorado will continue to work with the federal government to relocate refugees fleeing sectarian civil war in Syria following the terror attacks in Paris, France, last Friday, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, praised Hickenlooper's courage and compassion and called on other states to follow Colorado's example.But U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, Colorado Republican, opposes allowing refugees to pour into this country. His statement:
"With so many politicians cowering in fear today, Gov. Hickenlooper's courage and humanity is an example for all of the nation to follow," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "It is imperative that we not allow fear to stop us from showing compassion to refugees from the war-torn Middle East who desperately need assistance. The threats to our security we face can never be so great that we forsake our most basic humanitarian obligations. If we let that happen, then and only then have the terrorists truly won."
"Over seventy years ago, another Colorado Governor spoke out against hate and xenophobia, at that time carried out against Japanese-Americans being relocated to our state from the West Coast," said Runyon-Harms. "Gov. Ralph Carr's compassionate legacy lives on today in the words of Gov. Hickenlooper: 'we can protect our security, and provide a place where the world's most vulnerable can rebuild their lives.' Colorado stands ready to do our part."
"We are grateful to Gov. Hickenlooper for showing the world that Colorado is a haven from the horrors of civil war and sectarian violence around the world," said Runyon-Harms. "Our values are part of the solution, not the problem."
Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) released a statement underscoring the serious national security risks posed by the President’s unilateral plans to accept tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into the United States. Tipton called for an immediate stop to the admission of Syrian refugees into the U.S. given security risks.
“The risks posed to our national security by admitting tens of thousands of refugees from a war-torn region that is currently the global hotbed for terrorist activity are very real. The President is unilaterally admitting tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into the country without ways to sufficiently verify who they are. As my colleague Rep. Peter King, (R-NY), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, pointed out over the weekend, there are no government records or databases in Syria to confirm the identities of the refugees who are being admitted, meaning that they cannot be sufficiently vetted. While most of these people are innocent and victims themselves, all it takes is one ISIS terrorist posing as an asylum seeker to come to the United States and inflict harm.