LePage on Syrian refugees: “I am forever committed to resetting the goal posts of irony”

According to this paper:

Gov. Paul LePage said Monday that he will oppose any effort by the federal government to settle Syrian refugees in Maine after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

I’ve also heard that LePage is putting the kibosh on allowing government skeptical libertarians into the state due to the likelihood that they sympathize with Timothy McVeigh, but that’s probably just a rumor.

As a friend suggested, the ultimate irony is that:

France is attacked and our French [Canadian] Governor uses it as an excuse to deny Muslim refugees when the reality is the 3 worst terrorist-types of Maine origin are McVeigh-cohort Mike Fortier, Manson girl Linda Drouin Kasabian, and left wing bomber Raymond Luc Levasseur, who are all French [Canadian] too.

Unfortunately for LePage:

“… states are limited in their power to resist the intake of refugees, an action that’s specifically under the president’s purview.

“Under the Refugee Act of 1980, ‘President Obama has explicit statutory authorization to accept foreign refugees into the United States.’”




Alex Steed

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Alex Steed has written about and engaged in politics since he was an insufferable teenager. He has run for the Statehouse and produced a successful web series. He now runs a content firm called Knack Factory with two guys who are a lot more talented than himself.