Republican State Senator Suggests Putting Muslim Syrian Refugees Into Segregated Camps

Rhode Island State Senator Elaine Morgan has joined other Republicans in their efforts to surrender to the Islamic State, by urging their state governments to refuse to allow Syrian refugees into the country. But there is a twist in Senator Morgan’s cowardly proposals that sets her apart from other GOPers: she suggests that if the United States is to continue taking in Syrian refugees, we should put them into segregated camps.

“I do not want our governor bringing in any Syrian refugees. I think our country is under attack. I think this is a major plan by these countries to spread out their people to attack all non Muslim persons,” she wrote in an email, according to WPRI. “The Muslim religion and philosophy is to murder, rape, and decapitate anyone who is a non Muslim.” The e-mail continues, saying that if the U.S. does “take these people in we should set up refugee camp to keep them segregated from our populous [sic].”

Not wanting to be taken out of context, she told WPRI that she had written the e-mail in a hurry and did not have a chance to properly edit it. What she meant to say was that she was only referring to “the fanatical Muslim religion and philosophy.” I suppose that’s slightly less terrible.

So far, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo (who is of course a Democrat) has decided against adhering to the fanatical philosophy of bigoted conservatives. Governor Raimondo said in a statement:

 “We haven’t received any requests to help, so there’s nothing to decide at the moment. If a request is made, we will coordinate closely with the White House.”

She also pledged that Rhode Island will help the nation’s efforts to help with the refugee crisis, while keeping the citizens safe by means of the rigorous system of background checks put in place by the United States Refugee Admissions Program.

The last time that the United States decided to put people into camps, was during World War II. Approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced to move into internment camps, where they faced unbridled abuse. It is just one entry into the United States very long list of human rights abuses committed by the United States government. One that I desperately hope will never be repeated.

Featured Image Credit:  By Department of the Interior. War Relocation Authority [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons with text added.