Don't Trust Obama on Syrian Refugees; Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Are Opening the City and the State to Syrian Refugees. and Then Some. [Derived Headline]

By Kengor, Paul | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 24, 2015 | Go to article overview

Don't Trust Obama on Syrian Refugees; Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Are Opening the City and the State to Syrian Refugees. and Then Some. [Derived Headline]


Kengor, Paul, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf are opening the city and the state to Syrian refugees. And then some.

Back in September, before the terrorist attacks in Paris, Peduto joined 18 other mayors, including Chicago's Rahm Emanuel and New York's Bill de Blasio, in signing a letter urging President Obama to "increase still further the number of Syrian refugees the United States will accept for resettlement." They judged Obama's pledge to accept 10,000 refugees to be insufficient.

In a statement issued with the letter, Peduto declared, "This is where our responsibility to our fellow man is tested."

Gov. Wolf echoes the lofty rhetoric, maintaining that Pennsylvania must "build on its rich history of accepting immigrants and refugees from around the world."

While I appreciate the soaring eloquence about our fellow man and the huddled masses, I also understand how young politicians like Peduto and Wolf surely enjoy basking in a little national limelight with the Democrat big boys. When your party's president beckons, the allure is strong. It massages the ego to be able to tell people that you're helping "the president."

Three decades ago, a young governor of Arkansas answered the call from President Jimmy Carter, who asked him to accept an exodus of Cuban refugees escaping Castro. Bill Clinton did so and the subsequent disaster sunk his re-election.

Temptation and pride aside, Peduto and Wolf better be careful. They're playing with fire. ISIS is demonic. These monsters would do anything to slither into a soft-target area, including concealing themselves as refugees seeking asylum. …

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