Gov. Bill Lee of Tennessee, our 2019 Traitor of the Year, is being heavily criticized for his controversial decision to continue to support refugee resettlement.
“Continuing to face pushback for his recent decision to allow refugees to resettle in Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee offered an impassioned explanation Tuesday about the federal initiative while facing scrutiny in front of a group of Republicans in Nashville.
During an appearance at First Tuesday, a GOP-centric monthly gathering in Music City, Lee was asked about immigrants who may be entering the U.S. using falsified documents. …
“There’s a real big difference between immigrants and refugees,” he said. “When you start talking about this topic, you need to be informed about the difference between illegal immigration and legal refugee settlement.” …
After the woman explained her understanding of the president’s order, the governor noted refugees placed in North Carolina could simply drive to Tennessee.
“And we will not know who they are, we will not have any ways to engage in their assimilation, and we will have no control over this process,” he said. “You may like not having control over who comes into this state, but I don’t.”
His response was arguably the most fiery public comment about any subject since he became a gubernatorial candidate in 2017.
Lee said while he shares the safety concerns that people across the state have about people who enter Tennessee, he has a philosophical belief that refugees should not be rejected.
He pointed out that first lady Maria Lee works with Kurdish refugees who live in Nashville. He said the refugee women came to the U.S. because their husbands, who served as translators for U.S. soldiers, were killed. …”
Lee isn’t alone in his philosophical commitment to refugee resettlement. 18 out of 27 Republican governors support continuing the program in spite of Trump’s executive order allowing them to opt out. There isn’t a single Republican governor who has rejected refugees.
Note: Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas is passionate about fighting anti-Semitism and starting a war with Iran on behalf of Sheldon Adelson, Bernard Marcus and Paul Singer. The Republican Senate did virtually nothing last year except pass the anti-BDS bill for their donors.