Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar rushed to her keyboard to virtue-signal about “values” Friday night after word broke that Texas will no longer resettle refugees in its communities.
Citing “The New Colossus,” the famous sonnet seen on the Statue of Liberty and frequently exploited by left-wing activists, the congresswoman, a refugee herself, made the case that she personally still believes in the “values” outlined by it.
(Never mind that “The New Colossus” was written by a Jewish woman …)
“With silent lips. ‘Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.’”
These are the words that welcomed me and millions of refugees.
I still believe in those values.
We shall overcome ✊? https://t.co/DNdPa9CavV
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 11, 2020
The implicit suggestion was that Texas is a bigoted state that doesn’t care about the “tired,” the “poor,” the “huddled masses,” the “wretched,” etc.
She posted the tweet a couple of hours after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott submitted a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announcing that he intends to use the rights granted to him by an executive order signed by the president last year to opt-out of the department’s Reception and Placement Program for refugees.
The order specifically mandated the State Department obtain “consent” from a state or locality before resettling refugees within it.
In his letter, Abbott wrote that Texas has been “one of the most welcoming states of refugees,” despite already dealing with “disproportionate migration issues resulting from a broken federal immigration system,” i.e., illegal immigration.
As a consequence, the state’s resources are already tied up.
“At this time, the state and non-profit organizations have a responsibility to dedicate available resources to those who are already here, including refugees, migrants, and the homeless — indeed, all Texans,” Abbott wrote.
“As a result, Texas cannot consent to initial refugee resettlement for FY2020. This decision does not deny any refugee access to the United States. Nor does it preclude a refugee from later coming to Texas after initially settling in another state.”
#Breaking: Texas governor @GregAbbott_TX says no to more #refugee resettlement. “Texas has carried more than its share in assisting the refugee resettlement process, and appreciates that other states are available to help with these efforts.” ?? pic.twitter.com/XyOqoMM44P
— Dianne Solis (@disolis) January 10, 2020
But instead of considering all that Abbott had written — particularly his words about the state’s lengthy track record on refugee resettlement (Texas resettled more refugees than any other state between October of 2017 and September of 2018) — Omar, of course, used his decision to paint him and his state as heartless.
The irony is that she’s a prime example of why the number of Americans who support the country’s refugee resettlement program has declined.
Omar is herself a refugee — an ungrateful one, to boot.
During an appearance two years ago on a left-wing podcast, she complained about the allegedly unjust and deplorable conditions she encountered in the states after her family was allowed to immigrate here to escape the Somali Civil War.
She said that during the refugee orientation process, she was shown a video that depicted “happy families, and dinner tables where there is an abundance of food, images of happy young children running off to their school buses … images of a country where people are happy and leading a life that is prosperous.”
But when her family arrived, she discovered that, much like every other country on Earth, America has its own fair share of homeless, particularly in big metropolitans. And that discovery, according to her, means that America is apparently a hellhole.
“I saw panhandlers on the side of the streets, there being trash everywhere, and graffiti on the side of the walls,” she complained. “I remember turning to my father and saying, ‘Well, this doesn’t look like the America you promised!”
Granted, she arrived in 1992, at the tail end of the early 1990s recession. Thanks to the policies of President Donald Trump — a man whom the congresswoman loathes — the country is currently booming economically, not that she’d ever admit as much.
Fox News Tucker Carlson has frequently claimed that, based on her attitude and rhetoric, the Muslim congresswoman is “a symbol of America’s failed immigration system,” as well as “living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country.”
This same sentiment has since begun to reverberate through social media like the booming bass of a drum, all thanks to Omar’s tweet about Texas.
@IlhanMN You are a shining example of the dangers of our flawed immigration system and why things need to be fixed. I do not hate you, I disagree with your hatred and now you have a platform to spread hatred. You are also dishonest and manipulative. A terrible representation.
— John Forster (@jwfpgapro) January 11, 2020
Those are nice words. Not at all binding in any way. But nice words. Words from a different time. You’re a perfect example of how those words don’t work in This time. Times change.
— 56 – 27 GO BUCKS! (@FireHanging) January 11, 2020
One HUGE difference from past refugees and current ones. Gratitude and assimilation to American ideals. They were grateful to be here and embraced the American way. You just shit on and disgrace the American way and want to be a victim and change everything.
— JulietteCharlie (@JulietteHCharli) January 11, 2020
This poem is beautiful. It is not, however, a welcome mat to those who want to harm America.
Those refugees/immigrants from the late 1800s and early 1900s gleefully assimilated, learned the language, and became American citizens.
— Karen Coombs (@coombs1109) January 11, 2020
Remember Ellis Island? That legal entry point you only read about? Pander much? This uncontrolled refugee nonsense never would have passed muster back then. Don’t you dare cite the Statue of Liberty.
— DrG (@disneydoc911) January 11, 2020
Ignorance of history wrapped up in flowery poetry is no way to go through life.
By the way did you know that the woman who wrote it was a Jew?
— Samuel Culper 722 (@politiwars) January 11, 2020
“The New Colossus” was written by Emma Lazarus, and as noted by the latter Twitter user, she was indeed a Jew. And that’s quite ironic given that Omar, a woman who’s now exploiting Lazarus’s work to take shots at Texas, is no friend of the Jews …
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