Target: Paul LePage, Governor of Maine
Goal: Demand that Maine reestablish its participation in the federal government’s refugee resettlement program.
The state of Maine will no longer help resettle Syrian refugees within its borders after the state’s governor Paul LePage sent a letter to President Obama, cutting ties with the federal government’s refugee resettlement program. Maine will become the fourth state to do so. Governor LePage, a member of the Republican party, echoes his party’s presidential nominee by saying that the federal government has no way to safely “vet” the men, women, and children coming into the country as refugees.
As noted countless times during this election cycle, such a statement is not true. The federal government has a very detailed vetting process for refugees looking to enter the country. For Governor LePage and others in his party to say otherwise is nothing less than fear-mongering in order to win a political argument. They are prying on the differences of others, accusing those fleeing the real terrorists as being terrorists themselves.
Sign the petition to demand that Governor LePage reinstate Maine’s participation in the federal government’s refugee resettlement program. The United States still lives with the shame of not helping the Jewish refugees in the 1930s. We cannot let prejudice and bigotry dictate our decisions and enable us to make the same mistake once again.
Dear Governor LePage,
Your state recently cut ties with the federal government’s refugee resettlement program. As a result, while refugees may still come to any state they wish under federal law, the state of Maine will not offer them any help whatsoever. The state will instead leave them to fend for themselves in a new and foreign country that, as of late, seems to be overrun with hatred.
You argue that the refugees cannot be properly screened, a political talking point that has continuously been debunked again and again. You subtly associate refugees with terrorists in order to scare the American people into your political party. In reality, the refugees are the ones fleeing the terrorists. As a nation, we cannot sit back and let millions by slaughtered. I demand that you reinstate Maine’s participation in the federal refugee resettlement program.
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