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Palumbo: Not In My Backyard

Remember Peter Palumbo, the Rhode Island state representative who famously called Jessica Ahlquist an “evil little thing”? Well he just wrote a letter to the governor of that state saying that while he has sympathy for those 52,000 child refugees, he doesn’t think we should do anything to help them — at least not in his state.

Palumbo Letter to Chafee

Isn’t it fascinating how the right wing is framing this? They keep talking about all the sympathy and compassion they have for these children while simultaneously demanding that we do absolutely nothing to help them. Let them starve, send them back to the situations they’re trying to escape from, refuse them medical care and education and a place to sleep — how very sympathetic and compassionate of you.

Comments

  1. says

    What size evil thing is he??
    Of course, the size of the container the evil’s in doesn’t matter much. It’s the quantity and concentration that matter.

  2. scienceavenger says

    Well after all, it is Rhode Island. Putting them up would be ~26 kids per square mile. As Jesus didn’t say: “Bring not the children unto me”.

  3. eric says

    I like how he refers to RI’s potential assistance as “months in captivity.” Maybe he’s right and they shouldn’t help, if that’s the sort of help they plan on giving.

  4. raven says

    Let them starve, send them back to the situations they’re trying to escape from, refuse them medical care and education and a place to sleep — how very sympathetic and compassionate of you.

    In most states, that would be illegal treatment for a dog or cat.

  5. Doug Little says

    Hmmmm sounds familiar, were have I heard this before. Oh that’s right all those poor unborn children that pull on their heart strings whilst in the womb but don’t give a flying fuck about once they are born.

  6. tsig says

    Yep, Republicans love kids in the minus nine months stage but when they are born they are evil little things.

  7. raven says

    The GOP/fundie xians don’t have too many problems with post-third trimester abortions.

  8. raven says

    politifactusa:

    According to the Department of Homeland Security, the United States accepted 1,062,040 legal permanent residents in fiscal year 2011, a number that has been fairly steady over the past few years. Of this number, roughly 45 percent were new arrivals and about 55 percent were people already in the U.S. whose status was upgraded to “permanent.”

    I thought to see how many immigrants the USA does accept every year.

    It is 450,000 new arrivals, 550,000 in country are upgraded to permanent.

    This puts the 52,000 children in perspective. It is a problem but not a gigantic one, a 10% rise compared to new legal arrivals, less if you toss in illegals.

    politifactusa

    There are actually many other countries that absorb immigrants at a higher rate than the U.S. does once you factor in the size of each nation’s population.

    Using the measurement of permanent, annual immigrant inflows per overall population, the U.S. in 2009 ranked only 11th out of a selection of 28 advanced industrialized nations, trailing such countries as Australia, Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand, Norway and Ireland.

    In terms of percent population, the USA is 11th among OED states in immigration..

  9. says

    SHOW ME IN THE DICTIONRAY UNDER “COMPASSION” WHERE IT SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT DOING SOMETHING!!! AND BESIDES WE ARE DOING SOMETHING!!! WERE YELLING AT THEM AND AND PATROLLING THE BORDER ON OUR LAWN CHAIRS AND WERE MAKING SURE THAT NOBODY ELSE DOES ANYTHING SOCALLED “COMPASSIONATE” TO SO-CALLED “HELP” THEM!!!

     
    raven “In most states, that would be illegal treatment for a dog or cat.”
    EXCEPT CHIHUAHUAS!!!

  10. says

    He seems very, very concerned about the effects on the RI state budget that spending by the federal government on these children will have.

  11. Michael Heath says

    Ed writes:

    Isn’t it fascinating how the right wing is framing this? They keep talking about all the sympathy and compassion they have for these children while simultaneously demanding that we do absolutely nothing to help them. Let them starve, send them back to the situations they’re trying to escape from, refuse them medical care and education and a place to sleep — how very sympathetic and compassionate of you.

    Conservative Christians have had a lot of practice recently. That’d be the emerging movement where they falsely claim to be anti-bullying, which is an improvement, but still – they continue to abuse their gay children congregants.

    There are some glimmers of hope some conservative Christian groups are advocating we credibly help these refugees; however I see no such hope these same groups are going to end their systemic abuse of gay children.

    I think we’re seeing a divergence because liberals and non-conservative Christians continue to turn a blind-eye on how conservative Christians abuse children – especially females and gay children. Whereas the press is laudably pointing out these refugees are children who are suffering. It’s that same focus which appears to be causing Israel to be perceived with increasing contempt as they slaughter innocents.

  12. vereverum says

    During colonial times, wasn’t Rhode Island a safe harbor, especially for religious refugees (mostly from the religious right)?

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