|Rep. Glen Casada (R) has proposed using the National Guard to remove Syrian refugees from the state.|
At this time of unfounded fear and fear mongering by Republicans and the conservative right a majority of this nation's governors have spinelessly buckled to the pressure and asked the Obama administration to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states.
Thinking this move by the Governors is merely weak tea and should be juiced up just a little prominent Tennessee lawmaker Glen Casada has gone a step further and called for a more militaristic response suggesting that the National Guard round up recently arrived refugees and prevent the arrival of additional refugees.
Here is what Casada, who is the chairman of the House Republican Caucus in the state Legislature, said in his interview with NPR…
"If I err, it will be on the side of not having another Paris, France. When we let them in, we are letting terrorists in. We gather them, we take them back to ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement). We say, 'gentlemen, make sure these guys have no tie to terrorist activity.”
Later that afternoon Casadahas was asked by reporters whether his proposal would violate the U.S. Constitution, to which he replied…
“You have to ask yourself, which is greater — life or due process? I’m just sounding the alarm. Just think of me as Paul Revere,”
Coming as no surprise Casada is also open to putting Syrian refugees under surveillance by state law enforcement authorities. "I think we should not limit our response," he said in the original NPR interview.
It's getting scary out there people.