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Congratulations, Pennsylvania! We're getting what you voted for!

While sensible Governors across the country are saying, “No!” to accepting Syrian refugees, Tom Wolfe of Pennsylvania is saying, “Sure, c’mon in!”

PA-Gov: Pennsylvania Will Continue to Accept Syrian Refugees

Written by Nick Field, Managing Editor

The Keystone State will continue to welcome Syrian refugees.

According to John Micek of the Patriot-News, Pennsylvania’s policy will not be affected by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

“We must not lose sight of the fact that families leaving Syria are trying to escape the same violence and unimaginable terror that took place in Paris and Beirut,” Gov. Wolf’s spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan. “To assist the settlement of families fleeing the humanitarian crisis in Syria, the federal government coordinates with local charitable organizations in Pennsylvania and other states. Pennsylvania will continue working with the federal government to ensure that all individuals have gone through the proper screening process.”

Gov. Tom Wolf wants “Pennsylvania to continue to build on its rich history of accepting immigrants and refugees from around the world but he is also committed to protecting Pennsylvanians and will work with the federal government to ensure it is taking every precaution necessary in screening those families coming into the country,” Sheridan continued.

The obvious question is: how can we be certain that the screening process will catch every terrorist infiltrator sneaking in with the legitimate refugees? And the obvious answer is: we can’t. No system put together by man is infallible, and if only one in a hundred or one in a thousand of the refugees is a covert terrorist, that is one too many.

In the last few days, the Governors of Michigan, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Indiana and Texas have all stated that they will not accept any refugees in the immediate future.

Meaning: the governors of those states have more sense than Tom Wolfe!

But, let’s assume that whatever screening process is put in place turns out to be 100% effective, and not a single hidden Da’ish operative makes it in to Pennsylvania, or the United States as a whole for that matter. The vast majority of these refugees will speak little or no English, will have few if any skills which are useful in the American economy, and every last one of them will require food, clothing and shelter, just as winter is about to start. The Honorable Mr Wolf is proposing to allow a few hundred future welfare recipients into the Keystone State, to place yet another burden on taxpayers already having to pay too much in taxes.

How does that help the citizens of the Commonwealth? Why should we be happy with a governor who already wants to increase taxes adding yet another burden on the taxpayers?

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Meanwhile, in the Bluegrass State:

Matt Bevin says he would bar Syrian refugees

Chris Kenning, @ckenning_cj 5:30 p.m. EST November 16, 2015

As Kentucky refugee advocates worked to calm fears and stave off a backlash against Syrian refugees, Gov.-elect Matt Bevin on Monday joined with a chorus of governors, including Indiana’s Mike Pence, calling for suspending the refugees’ resettlements to their states.

“The recent terrorist attacks in Paris serve as a warning to the entire civilized world that we must remain vigilant,” Bevin said in a statement. “It is imperative that we do everything in our power to prevent any similar attack by evildoers from taking place here in America.”

Bevin, who is to be inaugurated Dec. 8, said his primary responsibility as governor would be to protect Kentuckians.

About the same time, Kentucky’s outgoing governor, Steve Beshear, issued a statement saying the commonwealth would be following federal immigration laws under him. “In terms of the impact of this violence on refugees, obviously, these are women and children and people who are in desperate need, and if America needs to help out, we will help out,” he said. “But we have to be very careful and make sure that we screen people so we only bring folks into the United States who are truly looking for a safe haven.”

Their statements followed Pence’s announcement that Indiana would put all resettlements on hold until assurances from the federal government that proper security measures have been met. He said Indiana has a long tradition of opening its arms and homes to refugees, but as governor it’s his first responsibility to ensure the safety and security of Hoosiers.

There’s more at the original, but the point ought to be obvious: Kentucky is a very poor state, and if you have ever traveled through eastern Kentucky, you’ll have seen what poverty looks like. Owsley and Wolfe and Leslie and Jackson are some of the poorest counties in the country; altogether, 16 of the 100 poorest counties in the country are in Kentucky. Outgoing Governor Beshear, a Democrat, would inflict upon the people he was twice elected to serve, a few hundred more people who would have to be completely supported by the taxpayers. Fortunately, incoming Governor Bevin, a Republican, has enough sense to realize that a state which has so much difficulty in supporting its own people does not need to add to the problem.