DENVER - Former Colorado Representative Tom Tancredo used a graphic, bloody photo of the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks to protest Colorado governor John Hickenlooper's refusal to oppose accepting Syrian refugees in Colorado.
Monday, Hickenlooper issued a statement that said, "Our first priority remains the safety of our residents. We will work with the federal government and Homeland Security to ensure the national verification processes for refugees are as stringent as possible. We can protect our security and provide a place where the world’s most vulnerable can rebuild their lives.”
Tuesday and Wednesday, Tancredo posted the photo of some of the dead in Paris' Bataclan concert hall on his Facebook page. Tuesday he wrote, "Celebrating diversity, one massacre at a time. Coming soon to a concert hall near you."
Wednesday, the photo included a quote from Hickenlooper and said, "Great idea, John. What could possibly go wrong?"
Tancredo also has a link on his page to a petition drive asking state lawmakers to stop Hickenlooper's refugee plan.
More than half of the nation's governors have raised concerns with refugee resettlement efforts in recent days. They want temporary delays while seeking more information about security checks or they are fighting outright any refugee resettlement in their states.
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However, over 100 years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States wrote in Truax v. Raich that, "The authority to control immigration -- to admit or exclude aliens -- is vested solely in the Federal Government."
Additionally, the Refugee Act of 1980 dictates that refugee resettlement within the United States is managed by the federal government. State refugee coordinators are consulted by the federal government and the nine refugee resettlement agencies that have contracts with the government, but that consultation is largely to ensure the refugees are settled in cities with adequate jobs, housing and social services.
Individual states do not have the legal authority to block refugee placement.
That didn't stop Indiana Gov. Mike Pence this week from issuing an executive order to block federal funding needed to administer the program.
"Posturing notwithstanding, this is a program that actually works on a collaborative basis between the federal government and states," Pence told reporters on Wednesday in Las Vegas. "What we've essentially said is 'we're not collaborating with you.'"
Pence encouraged Obama to reconsider his plan to veto legislation introduced by House Republicans to require new screening requirements for Syrian and Iraqi refugees before they're allowed into the United States.
Roughly 2,200 Syrian refugees have been allowed in over the last four years. The president has outlined a goal of bringing 10,000 more Syrian refugees to the U.S. during the current budget year.
Such refugees currently go through a vetting process that can take as much as three years, including biometric screening, fingerprinting and additional classified controls. The House bill would add a requirement for the Homeland Security secretary, along with the head of the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence, to certify that each refugee being admitted poses no security threat.
The change "would provide no meaningful additional security for the American people, instead serving only to create significant delays and obstacles in the fulfillment of a vital program that satisfies both humanitarian and national security objectives," the White House said.
"If you really care about those people in Syria, why not take and put the resources in Syria instead of bringing hundreds of thousands of Syrians here?" South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley asked.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in Paris on Friday that left 129 people dead and hundreds wounded.
None of the suspects identified so far in the Paris attacks has been identified as a Syrian refugee and the German interior minister says the Syrian migrant passport found at the scene is likely a fake.