Dems: Governor Branstad’s decision to slam the door shut on Syrians refugees is heartbreaking, yet not surprising

November 17, 2015
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For Immediate Release: November 17, 2015

 

 

Governor Branstad’s decision to slam the door shut on Syrians refugees is heartbreaking, yet not surprising

Statement by Senator Janet Petersen

“Yesterday morning, the governor talked of his concern for those driven from their homes by war and terrorism.  Hours later, Governor Branstad took action that demonstrates once again how far short he falls of his Republican predecessor, Governor Robert Ray.

 

“Governor Ray’s leadership during the Southeast Asian refugee crisis made Iowans proud.  Governor Branstad’s pandering to uninformed fearmongering embarrasses us all.

 

Earlier this year, Governor Branstad vetoed bipartisan legislation for a small pilot project to improve refugee services.  He claimed he needed more time to create a “state-wide solution for refugees.” *

 

“Is turning his back on desperate people Governor Branstad’s “state-wide solution for refugees”?

 

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*https://governor.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Item%20Veto%20Message%20for%20Senate%20File%20505.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

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