It has been 17 years and 319 days since the city’s pledge to build the West Branch Library.

We are a compassionate country but I hope we are not a stupid country. Why would we accept healthy, young Syrian men who most assuredly hold belief in Sharia Law? Why are these young men not on their country’s battlefield? Accept women and children, for they are the true victims in so many ways.   As the Syrian Yazidi Christians were being slaughtered earlier this year and we saw the beheading of Christians and heard that their women were sold into slavery where was the administration outrage? Why did we not hear the administration offering to accept 10,000 of the Yazidi?

Senator Dianne Feinstein, a ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, “I have never been more concerned. I read the intelligence faithfully. ISIL is not contained. ISIL is expanding. They’ve just put out a video saying it is their intent to attack this country.”

At least sixteen governors have said that they will not accept Syrian refugees. I applaud Governor Ducey’s decision to not accept refugees. In his statement he said, “Given the horrifying events in Paris last week, I am calling for an immediate halt in the placement of any new refugees in Arizona. As governor, I am invoking our state’s right under 8 USC, Section 1522 (a), to receive immediate consultation by federal authorities per the United States Refugee Act, and that the federal government take into account the concerns and recommendations of the state of Arizona as they are required to under federal law, in our efforts to keep our homeland safe. I also call on Congress and the President to immediately amend federal law to provide states greater oversight and authority in the administration of the placement of refugees. These acts serve as a reminder that the world remains at war with radical Islamic terrorists. Our national leaders must react with the urgency and leadership that every American expects to protect our citizens.”

Did you know there are 10 federally affiliated refugee processing centers in Arizona? One in Glendale; five in Phoenix; and four in Tucson. Have they processed any of the 10,000 Syrian refugees being held in New Orleans? The information on refugee locations is courtesy of Dawn Monaghan via Brad Richdale:

Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

Office of Admissions – Refugee Processing Center

Affiliate Directory

International Rescue Committee Address:

4425 West Olive Avenue, Suite 400

Glendale, AZ 85302-3847

Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest Address:

3443 N. Central Ave., North Rotunda

Phoenix, AZ 85012

Arizona Immigrant and Refugee Services Address:

10240 North 31st Avenue, Suite 112

Phoenix, AZ 85051

Refugee Focus Address:

3443 N. Central Ave, North Rotunda

Phoenix, AZ 85012


1825 W Northern Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85021-5298

Catholic Charities Community Services Address:

615 West Pierson Street

Phoenix, AZ 85013

Refugee Focus Address:

120 N. Stone Ave., Suite #220R

Tucson, AZ 85701

International Rescue Committee Address:

3100 N. Campbell Avenue, Suite 101

Tucson, AZ 85719

Refugee Focus Address:

120 N. Stone Ave. Suite# 220R

Tucson, AZ 85701

Catholic Migration & Refugee Services Address:

140 W. Speedway Blvd #130

Tucson, AZ 85705

Yes, we remain a compassionate country that will accept your tired, your hungry and your poor but we are not a stupid country that willingly will accept terrorists whose only mandate is to destroy the Inifidel…us.

© Joyce Clark, 2015


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