Famous director and political activist Michael Moore has issued a challenge to all the heartless Republican governors who have turned away Syrian refugees, and has publicly declared his intention to house refugees in his own home in a Facebook post today:
“I look forward to welcoming Syrians to my home and I wholeheartedly encourage other Americans to do the same. I will contact the State Department to let them know I am happy to provide a safe haven to any Syrian refugee couple approved by the Obama administration’s vetting procedures, in which I have full faith and trust. By the way, my 700-sq. ft. apartment in northern Michigan is a little small, but it’s got cable, Wi-Fi and a new dishwasher. Also, no haters live on my floor. Stop by any time for a hot chocolate this winter.”
Moore also had some harsh words for the “un-American” refusal of Republican governors to accept refugees into their states, especially his home state of Michigan’s Gov. Rick Snyder:
“Your action is not only disgraceful, it is, as you know, unconstitutional (only the president has the legal right to decide things like this), I’m disappointed in you, Governor Snyder, for your heartless and un-Christian actions, and for joining with at least 25 other governors (all but one a Republican) who’ve decided to block legal Syrian refugees from coming into their states. Fortunately, I’m an American and not a Republican. Governor, count me out of whatever you think it means to be a Michigander.”
It’s a beautiful show of support and an important reminder of what it truly means to be an American. Americans do not turn away those in need, and certainly not based on their color or religion. The strength of our nation comes from our diversity and our unity; it is vital that we do not let these fearmongering xenophobes on the right deny these people the same opportunities of a new life that our forefathers once had.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.