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Judge Napolitano: States Cannot ‘Refuse’ Refugees Under Federal Law

While governors in at least 30 states have responded to recent terrorist attacks in Paris by saying that their states will not accept Syrian refugees, their refusal of refugees may not agree with federal law.

Judge Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News, told Stuart Varney on Fox Business Networks’s “Varney & Co.” on Tuesday that while governors can legally say they don’t want to accept refugees, they can’t legally interfere with the process under federal law.

[pull_quote_center]They can legally say what they want, but they can’t really interfere with what the federal government does. I say this because my heart is with the governors, but nevertheless, the court has ruled that the admission of immigrants – whether for humanitarian purposes, political asylum purposes, or pursuant to the quotas that we have – is strictly a federal function.[/pull_quote_center]

As of Tuesday night, 31 states have opposed acceptance of Syrian refugees. Out of those states, which “range from Alabama and Georgia, to Texas and Arizona, to Michigan and Illinois, to Maine and New Hampshire,” only one does not have a Republican governor, which is New Hampshire.

[POLL: Should the United States Accept Syrian Refugees?]

Napolitano noted that President Obama currently has the same authority President George W. Bush had in 2005, when he had the power to accept migrants during the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan with “no numerical cap.”

“In 2005, in response to the wave of migrants from the invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Congress gave President George W. Bush unlimited – by which I mean there’s no numerical cap – authority to admit people for humanitarian purposes,” Napolitano said. “President Obama has that authority.”

Varney asked whether the states can say, “no, we’re not paying for this,” if they are forced to take in refugees.

“Here’s the way it would work,” Napolitano replied. “The president orders the Department of Homeland Security to admit people to federal facilities located within the states. If these people leave the federal facility, then they are entitled to the same social safety net that the states make available to everybody. That’s public schooling, housing assistance, living assistance.”

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Napolitano noted that the issue of accepting refugees from countries such as Syria, is different than the predicament the U.S. was in, in 2012, when President Obama signed a series of executive orders saying, “we’re going to admit large numbers of undocumented children, and we’re going to let those who are already here, stay here.”

Napolitano said that while the states were convinced at the time that it was a way of Obama forcing them to spend money, “that we haven’t budgeted and that we don’t have, to sew into a plan that he concocted that was rejected by the Congress,” this is a different scenario.

“Here, he has the absolute lawful authority – may not like the way he’s exercising it, but he has it,” Napolitano said, “to admit people for political asylum and humanitarian purposes.”

[pull_quote_center]The concept of immigration, naturalization, foreign affairs, is not a state issue under our system. The federal government trumps the states, even though by doing it, it can force the states to spend money that they don’t want to spend, for a cause that’s not politically popular.[/pull_quote_center]

BROZE: What Role Has the United States Played in Europe’s Refugee Crisis?


Nations across Europe currently find themselves embroiled in a massive refugee crisis unlike any seen in recent memory, as several million men, women and children have left Syria in search of respite from the deadly civil war raging across the nation.

The Syrian civil war began in March 2011 and has displaced millions of people from their homes. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) estimates at least 7.6 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Syria as of May 2015. In addition, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Agency (UNHCR) says there are 4,088,099 registered Syrian refugees.

The fighting has taken so many lives that the United Nations stopped tracking the casualties. In January 2014, Al Jazeera reported:

“The United Nations has stopped updating the death toll from Syria’s near-three-year civil war due to its waning ability to verify sources and produce credible estimates, a spokesman for the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights confirmed Tuesday.

Prior to July, when the U.N. last published a death toll estimate of just over 100,000 people, the team of statisticians were able to cross-check estimates from six different sources – from various NGOs to the Syrian government itself. That number has since dwindled.”

The full effect of the mass exodus has been felt around Europe and the Middle East as refugees pour into Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Germany, Sweden, and Greece. Earlier this month, The Guardian reported on the death of a young boy who was one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos.

The Guardian wrote:

“An estimated 2,500 refugees, also believed to be from Syria, landed on Lesbos on Wednesday in what local officials described as more than 60 dinghies and other ‘unseaworthy’ vessels.

Some 15,000 refugees are in Lesbos awaiting passage by cruise ship to Athens’ port of Piraeus before continuing their journey northwards to Macedonia and up through Serbia to Hungary and Germany.”

The UNHCR estimates that about 205,000 Europe-bound refugees have entered Greece; 69% are Syrians, 18% are Afghans, and Iraqis and Somalis make up the rest of the refugees. The influx of refugees has caused much debate around Europe over whether or not nations should be pressured into sharing the burden of the incoming population.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has been adamant about a shared burden and was able to pressure French president François Hollande into supporting a quota system. Merkel, along with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, have been pushing for a quota system since May.

The Telegraph recently reported that British Prime Minister David Cameron was preparing a plan for the U.K. to start accepting more refugees. Republican Presidential candidate and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul told CNN that the U.S. should be careful with accepting refugees. Paul said, “we’ve also run into some problems with accepting so many refugees that we take some of the people who can help rebuild the country. We did this with Iraq, where we won the war, but then we accepted 60,000 Iraqi refugees into our country, some of which wish us harm and tried to attack us.”

Unintended Consequences?

Paul is correct in his analysis that U.S. government support for certain groups has led to unintended consequences. These unintended consequences must be examined if we want to fully understand the Syrian refugee crisis and how the U.S. government contributed to the problem.

The major source of the U.S. government’s blame comes from the creation of the Islamic State, or ISIS. In early 2015, Ben Swann released the now classic Truth In Media video, “The Origin of ISIS”. Swann’s video has been seen by over one million people worldwide.

Ben Swann reported:

“Americans should also be asking, ‘Why is the U.S. sending $500 million to the Free Syrian Army to fight ISIS when the Free Syrian Army is one of the biggest suppliers of fighters and weapons to ISIS?’ and ‘Why are we sending new and more powerful weapons to the FSA like anti-aircraft missiles – weapons that we know will be in the hands of ISIS?'”

Swann maintained that while the mainstream media will say that ISIS is the “creation of American inaction,” the reality is that they are the “product of direct action.”

This direct action started with “the action of creating a power vacuum in Iraq” and manifested into the “arming violent Jihadists, hoping they would overthrow a leader in a neighboring Middle Eastern country.”


The message of “The Origin of ISIS” video was simple: the U.S. government, in more ways than one, helped create and fund groups that led to the Islamic State. In May 2015 these claims were confirmed again, when Truth In Media’s Joshua Cook reported:

“Truth In Media questioned 2 years ago why the U.S. and our allies were financing ISIS in Iraq and arming so-called ‘moderate rebels’ in Syria.

A newly declassified DIA document from 2012 confirms that arming the anti-Assad rebel forces and Islamist groups would lead to the emergence of ISIS.

According to award winning journalist Dr. Nafeez Ahmed, “the secret Pentagon document provides extraordinary confirmation that the US-led coalition currently fighting ISIS, had three years ago welcomed the emergence of an extremist ‘Salafist Principality’ in the region as a way to undermine Assad.”

The creation of ISIS by the U.S. government is no longer a secret. In fact, this piece of information was mentioned during a recent Republican party debate. Truth In Media’s Rachel Blevins wrote, “During the first GOP Presidential Debate on Thursday night, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was asked about the United States’ involvement with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He noted that while the U.S. did not create ISIS directly, it is responsible for the group obtaining at least a billion dollars in Humvees deserted by the United States.”

If the U.S. government and military are responsible for the growth of the terrorist organization known as ISIS, then it’s without a doubt that the U.S. holds at least part of the blame. Interventionism and playing the world police is finally coming home to roost. The destruction caused by years of empire building has now created a refugee crisis that Europe is not prepared for, and that the U.S. is not ready to own.

What are your thoughts on the refugees? What about ISIS? Should the U.S. accept Syrian refugees?

U.S. Proposes Admittance of 5,000 More Refugees In 2016

With tens of thousands of civilians fleeing from the current conflict in Syria, creating what has been described as a refugee crisis, Secretary of State John Kerry met with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding increasing the total number of refugees allowed in the U.S. from 70,000 to 75,000 in 2016.

Kerry discussed the increase during a meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. After the meeting, he said that there would be an increase, but did not specify the exact number.

“We are looking hard at the number that we can specifically manage with respect to the crisis in Syria and Europe,” Kerry said. “That’s being vetted fully right now.”

The Guardian reported that a State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told reporters that the proposal is for an increase of 5,000 refugees, and is something the State Department has been considering all year.

“Given what’s going on in the world today, there’s a lot of people outside the administration, and inside the administration too, who would like to increase it significantly,” the official said. “The question becomes will Congress support that? Can we move this process that we have – it doesn’t turn on a dime – to start bringing larger numbers sooner? That’s hard.”

The U.S. began launching airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Sept. 2014, and has led a coalition targeting the militants with countries such as Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Emirates.

[RELATED: U.S. Launches Airstrikes In Syria To Target ISIS]

On Wednesday, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that the country also plans to begin launching airstrikes because the refugee crisis “cannot be solved just by receiving them.”

“At the moment there are millions of Syrians who are displaced. There are refugee camps—in Lebanon, in Jordan, in Turkey—receiving 4 to 5 million Syrians,” Valls said. “And we’re not going to receive 4 to 5 million Syrians, so the problem has to be dealt with at source.”

[RELATED: Obama Says He Will Eliminate Airstrike Casualties EXCEPT For In Iraq and Syria]

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took to the Senate floor on Wednesday with a picture of the dead body of 3-year-old Syrian Refugee, Aylan Kurdi, who drowned while attempting the journey to Greece with his 5-year-old brother and mother.

McCain used the image to urge for “stronger leadership” from President Obama in Syria, and claimed that Americans should be haunted by the fact that “the United States will continue to do nothing meaningful” in terms of solving the conflict.

[RELATED: White House Legal Justification For Syria War Nebulous As War Broadens]

The Guardian noted that Germany has said it “expects 800,000 refugees to arrive this year,” and British prime minister David Cameron “has promised to take in 20,000 refugees,” which along with those taken in by the U.S., will still not be enough according to some refugee advocacy groups.

ABC News reported that while the U.S. has admitted 1,500 Syrian refugees over the last four years, “the numbers of those fleeing the conflict are staggering,” with over 322,000 refugees arriving in Europe this year, and nearly 20,000 arriving in Munich, Germany, this weekend.

[RELATED: Truth In Media: The Origin of ISIS]

Investigative journalist Ben Swann reported on the origin of ISIS in March, explaining the United States’ involvement in helping ISIS go from a “no-name group in Syria” to a group that was “heavily armed and trained by U.S. and Coalition Special Forces.”

Watch the full episode below: