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Governor Brownback Says Kansas Won’t Cooperate On Refugee Settlement

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback evidently became bored with making Kansas a worse place to live so he's taking his talents worldwide.

Governor Brownback has announced today that the state will stop cooperating with the federal government in its effort to resettle Syrian refugees.

Why? In so many words, the governor has basically implied that the Obama administration has not sufficiently reassured him that they aren't resettling terrorists.

"Because the federal government has failed to provide adequate assurances regarding refugees it is settling in Kansas, we have no option but to end our cooperation with and participation in the federal refugee resettlement program," Brownback said. [...]

Brownback did not say in his announcement how many Syrian refugees were slated to be settled in Kansas and his press office could not immediately provide the number.

The great irony of Brownback's decision is that he is ceding more power to the federal government. The state has the option of cooperating with the federal government in a joint program, but if the state backs out of the agreement, as Brownback has done, the federal government still has the authority to resettle refugees in Kansas.

Refugees may still be settled in Kansas by the diabolical Obama administration, but Kansas will have no influence in how it's done.

If you're Sam Brownback and you're purportedly concerned about security, how does this help?

  • D_C_Wilson

    You’d think after the damage he’s done, Brownback would be happy to have more taxpayers moving into Kansas.

  • swift_4

    You’re going to put refugees in Kansas? Haven’t the people from Syria suffered enough?

    • Georgie

      Hahahaha, perfect!

  • muselet

    Because the federal government has failed to provide adequate assurances regarding refugees it is settling in Kansas, we have no option but to end our cooperation with and participation in the federal refugee resettlement program.

    Translation: Them scary scary Mooslim hordes are fixin’ to kill us all in our sleep!

    Isn’t it remarkable how effective appeals to ignorance and bigotry still are?

    –alopecia

    • Georgie

      It is, it’s the only thing that is holding the GOP together, it’s seems like I rarely hear about foreign policies, taxes, ect…

  • David Greenberg

    I apologize in advance as this comment does not represent a new high in deep thinking, but it seems clear to me that Kansas already has an extremely efficient terrorist- Sam Brownback. I lived in Italy for four years and the Italians used to say: “People get the government they deserve”.

  • Victor the Crab

    Who the fuck would want to live in Brownback’s Kansas? I think Syrian refugees should count their blessings this asshole governor doesn’t want them. They can find better places to settle.

    • Draxiar

      Heh…it’s the reimagined “In Soviet Russia” joke…

      In Brownback Kansas…refugees settle you.

  • Because a two year vetting process just isn’t enough . . .

  • gescove

    Brownback has worked too hard to make Kansas unattractive just to have refugees settled there and give people the impression that maybe Kansas isn’t so bad after all.