Rep. Steve Russell: Refugee Rhetoric ‘Xenophobic’


Rep. Steve RussellRepublican Rep. Steve Russell delivered a speech on the House floor this week decrying his colleagues’ “xenophobic” push against Syrian refugees in the wake of last week’s Paris attacks.

“While I have focused my comments on actions we should take to eliminate ISIS, one action we should not take is to become like them,” the Oklahoma-based lawmaker said. “America is a lamp that lights the horizon of civilized and free mankind. The Statue of Liberty cannot have a stiff arm. Her arm must continue to keep the torch burning brightly.”

He added: “If we use our passions and our anger, fear, and we use that to snuff our her flame by xenophobic and knee-jerk policy, the enemy wins. We have played into their hands. Period.”

One day later, however, Russell voted for a bill expanding the vetting process for refugees from Syria and Iraq, citing his own desire for a constructive discussion on refugee policy matters. Read more at Talking Points Memo.

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  1. why should the U.S,or Europe take any “refuges? Let them go to live with their rich muslim brothers in Qatar,Saudi Arabia ,the Emirates,etc. Maybe the non-muslim countries should wise up as to why the refugees’ rich brothers won’t take them!!!