Congressional candidate Lavern Spicer says U.S. should turn away Afghan refugees
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Lavern Spicer
She says an exception should be made for interpreters who helped the U.S.

As the Taliban takes over the Afghanistan government, a South Florida congressional candidate believes it’s important to stop a refugee influx.

Lavern Spicer, a Republican running in Florida’s 24th Congressional District, said letting Afghan refugees into the U.S. brings too much risk.

“Not ONE refugee from Afghanistan needs to come to our country. Not one,” she tweeted. “Call Qatar. Call The UAE. Call Saudi Arabia. Call Egypt. The U.S. and Europe took ALL the Syrian refugees. We can’t do anymore. AMERICA FIRST MEANS AMERICA FIRST.”

Spicer is challenging longtime Rep. Frederica Wilson in what remains Florida’s bluest House districts ahead of next year’s redistricting.

But she offers a glimpse at what the pro-Donald Trump “America First” movement feels about Afghanistan’s developments right now. At least a portion of it.

Spicer also has tweeted President Joe Biden should resign for his handling of Afghanistan. That’s even as some Trump allies like Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Panhandle Republican, has supported a troop withdrawal.

“The fact that no one is even discussing resigning over the Afghanistan debacle goes to show how awful the establishment truly is. I run a beauty salon. People get fired for messing up hair weaves. These people destroyed a country and wasted $2 trillion and get to keep their job?”

She said the U.S. should make sure to provide refuge to those interpreters and others who helped the U.S. following the invasion of the country after 9/11. That’s similar to calls by Rep. Michael Waltz, a St. Augustine Beach Republican who criticized the U.S. departure from the Central Asian nation.

But Spicer said helping those who delivered material aid should be the extent of helping Afghans as the Taliban reseized control.

“The interpreters and other people who helped Americans over there is another story, but we cannot accommodate 38 million people in our country, especially as Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and others will try to fit in and do harm,” she said. “Look at France & Germany and how they’re doing after Syria.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • JoAnne

    August 16, 2021 at 7:37 am

    No. Just no. Apparently in her view it is OK to discriminate against asylum seekers based on country of origin. Just another horrible candidate.

  • Rachael Ferguson

    August 16, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Nuke Afghanistan for morbid

  • Anna

    August 16, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    My neighbor’s aunt makes 62 every hour on the internet..l she has been without work for eight months but the previous month her revenue was 19022 only working on the laptop 5 hours a day..

    check this…..

  • Hoodrat

    August 27, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    It has been said that Laverne is propped up by Joey Mannarino and is solely in for the grift.

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