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WTH: South Dakota is the Next Red State to Take in Refugees

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The Argus Leader reported that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem informed the Trump administration last Thursday that South Dakota will continue taking in refugees who will be resettled in the United States in 2020.

Back in September, Trump signed an executive order letting states and local governments opt out of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program. Before this executive order was issued, the federal government only had to consult with states.

Noem commended the Trump administration for increasing background checks for applicants trying to seek refugee status.

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“Thanks to the leadership of President Trump, the strengthened screening process for refugees entering the United States can give South Dakotans increased confidence that those entering are coming for the right reasons,” Noem said in a statement. “For the communities that want to welcome these refugees, I support giving them that opportunity.

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The period of Noem’s consent ends on Dec. 31, 2020, and she declared that she reserves the right to rescind that consent. Local governments in South Dakota can also exercise their right to opt out.

The U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program will bring in a maximum of 18,000 refugees in 2020 after the Trump administration lowered the current cap of 30,000. Refugee advocates criticized Trump’s reduction. The Trump administration stood by its decision due to ongoing pressure from amnesty seekers at the southern border.

South Dakota is part of a list of about two dozen states that have consented to bringing in refugees in 2020, according to the State Department. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Noem thanked the Trump administration for respecting states’ rights.

Noem has joined Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum in opening up their states to refugees. Although these are lower numbers, Republican Governors should take stronger stances against resettlement and entertain the categorical rejection of refugees, unless they provide skills and other aptitudes that enhance American interests.

The U.S. should also pressure foreign countries, specifically in the Middle East, to do their part by accepting these refugees.

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Houston Police Allow Abortion Clinic to Operate Despite Texas Courts Ruling Them Non-Essential

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On March 30th, a judge ruled that Texas abortion clinics could stay open. This ruling came a few days after the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, deemed abortion servies non-essential.

Since abortions are clearly elective surgeries, the ruling was overturned by a vote of 2-1 in the 5th circuit court of appeals on March 31st. Meaning, the governor’s order stands and abortion clinics must close until non-essential businesses are allowed to open back up.

This hasn’t stopped one abortion clinic in Houston from continuing to kill the unborn.

In a video released on April 1st, via the YouTube channel ‘ProofThatGodExists,’ an abortion clinic in Houston is shown to still be accepting clients.

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A couple of pro-life activists are shown in the video standing outside the abortion clinic. Across the street is a police officer, with whom one of the activists eventually talks.

They tell the offiicer that the abortion offices are still seeing clients. The officer acknowledges their concerns and says, “we’ll take care of it.”

A few minutes later, the officer goes to talk to the pro-life activists. The officer informed the activists that he was just there to “keep the peace” and nothing else.

One of the activists again informed the officer of the situation, asking, “Do you know that it’s illegal for them to do abortions today?” The officer replied, “I’m not out here for that.”

The activist then reiterated that he was asking him not why he was there, but if he personally knew of the current order. He wanted to know if the officer was not enforcing because he didn’t know about the order or because his department was choosing to ignore it in this case.

The officer didn’t want to answer directly. So, he again said, “I’m not saying that what you’re saying is wrong…. But that’s not what I’m out here for. I’m out here to keep the peace….”

He then said, “Whoever you need to call to enforce what you’re asking me about…” He was interupted by the second activist, who challenged him, insisting, “When people are breaking the law, we call the police.”

The video continues on with many more women entering the clinic. Eventually the abortion doctor arrived to the clinic, as well.

It’s clear that the clinic is in direct violation of the order that declares abortion services non-essential. Why the Houston police aren’t enforcing the order as it pertains to this particular clinic is still unclear.

 

 

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