CHICAGO (CBS) — Congressman Luis Gutierrez took to the House floor Tuesday to slam Republican governors – including Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner – for saying they won’t allow refugees from Syria to settle in their states.
At least two dozen Republican governors have said they will temporarily halt entry of Syrian refugees into their states in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.
“This is despicable, and cowardly, and precisely the kind of reaction ISIS wanted. ISIS could not have written a better script. The free people of the world are turning their backs on people seeking safety and freedom,” Gutierrez said in a speech on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. “When we sent Jews back to Germany, and when we sent Japanese to internment camps, we regretted it, and we will regret this as well.”
Gutierrez joined a growing number of Democrfats and immigration groups who have challenged the governors’ legal authority to dictate where immigrants can settle in the U.S.
“They cannot actually stop refugees from resettling in their states, and they know it. How sad. Instead, they have instructed state agencies not to assist people fleeing terror. We are a better country than that,” Gutierrez said.