Americans lately have a bad habit of drawing conclusions from unrelated circumstances. One of the attackers reportedly was a terrorist who blended himself in with refugees to get into Europe. America, as anyone familiar with geography knows, isn’t Europe, and hundreds of thousands of boats aren’t washing up on America’s shores. So, to whatever degree the attack is relevant to European migration policy, it is not, at any rate, relevant to American policy.

That doesn’t stop demagogues and overreacting politicians from acting on it. Governors in more than a dozen states are trying to stop refugees who will already be admitted to the U.S. anyway from coming to their own states.

Obama has said 10,000 Syrian refugees will come. For some reason Donald Trump and Ben Carson keep warning 200,000 plus will come. Maybe that’s part of the problem. People believe in conspiracy theories. Louisiana is on the list, even though only 14 refugees are scheduled to go to La. Here’s how I responded to the mindless, counterproductive unwelcoming attempts to block refugees:

Note that the person whose tweets I was responding to actually doesn’t support the anti-refugee policy. He was rather just responding to the news of the policy. Indeed, @smittie61984 retweeted my tweets and added this:


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