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Friday, September 09, 2016

Pence Stood for Restricting Muslim Immigration before Trump

When Donald Trump picked Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, the media had a field day unearthing Pence’s past statements and votes that seem to disagree with his running mate’s positions. On issues such as free trade agreements, some of Pence’s past views seem closer to those of Speaker Paul Ryan than his new running mate.

But on one of Trump’s signature issues — his opposition to resettling Muslim refugees from Syria — the Indiana governor took Trump-style executive action even before Trump’s position was clear. Way back on November 16, Governor Pence suspended state payments to the agencies that profit from redistribution of tax money to refugees from Syria. Pence took this decisive action after we learned that at least one of the Muslim terrorists who massacred 130 people in Paris, France had slipped into the country by posing as a Syrian refugee. Despite acting to protect Indiana and U.S. citizens, Pence was sued by one of those agencies that spends tax money to resettle refugees. On February 29, an Obama-appointed federal judge named Tanya Walton Pratt blocked Pence’s order on the absurd basis that he was discriminating against Syrian refugees because of their national origin.

Governor Pence appealed the Obama judge’s decision on April 11. While some claim that our government spends two years vetting Muslim refugees for terrorist sympathies, Pence clarified that “While the resettlement process usually takes 18 to 24 months, the surge operation will reduce the time to three months.” Contrary to the media’s Twitter fixation, Pence and Trump are both on the same page on Muslim refugees.

*recorded August 2016

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