CAIR, ACLU blast Rick Scott for requesting Syrian refugees not be allowed to settle in Florida

Syrian refugees

Rick Scott‘s request to congressional leaders that they find a way to stop the funding of several hundreds of Syrian refugees may be playing well with in some quarters on Monday, but the ACLU and the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) are blasting him over it.

“In these moments of pain and escalated fear, we should be able to look to our elected officials to guide the healing process and refrain from  harmful rhetoric,” said Hassan Shibly, CEO of CAIR Florida. “Governor Scott’s un-American statement is in fact playing into terrorists’ goal to turn the world against refugees who are fleeing their violence.”
Shibley disputes the notion that the vetting process for allowing Syrians into the U.S. would be law, saying that refugees entering the U.S. from Syria are subject to a rigorous screening and series of security checks. “The refugee resettlement process typically takes 18 to 24 months, and Syrians are subject to an additional level of screening not required of other refugees,” he says in a statement.”
The attacks that killed 129 people in Paris on Friday has riveted the world and put a renewed emphasis on dealing with terrorism. Although the Islamic State has not attempted a direct attack in the U.S., those fears have intensified over the weekend, and are manifesting themselves with the various governors — at least 15, including New Hampshire Democrat Maggie Hassan- by late Monday afternoon.
The ACLU of Florida shares the disdain of CAIR in Scott’s decision.

“Governor Scott should not turn his back on our nation’s long and proud history of offering refuge to those escaping from conflict zones — of welcoming the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” says ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon. “We mourn those lost in the horrific attacks in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad, and wish to express our condolences, grief and condemnation. However, we must also warn against what we have often seen since 9/11: the impulse in the wake of a terrorist attack to overreact and curtail the freedoms that make our country great.”

Simon says that Scott is “letting fear take control.”

“By claiming in the wake of the tragedy in Paris that this vetting process is suddenly insufficient for Florida, Governor Scott is punishing refugees for the horrible attacks perpetrated by the kinds of terrorists they are trying to escape, ” Simon says, adding, “We should not give in to impulses to deny people rights based on their national origin, race, or religion. Instead of blaming Syrian refugees for the very violence they are escaping, we call on Governor Scott to affirm the need for refugees to have a place to take sanctuary from the brutality of ISIS.”

Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected].


  • gary

    November 17, 2015 at 1:25 am

    So the two lowest forms of humanity don’t get self preservation for the good people of Florida? What else is new?

  • Gary

    March 17, 2016 at 2:35 am

    CAIR is the Muslim way of spelling CROOKED – LYING – MUSLIM – TERRORIST.

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