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Syrian refugees: Mayor out of step with citizens, Federal law agencies

Posted on December 1, 2015

Syrian refugees: Mayor out of step with citizens, Federal law agencies

By Preston Scott

Once again, the highly paid ambassador for People for The American Way (Foundation), Andrew Gillum, is out on his own as a rogue member of the City of Tallahassee Commission. The Mayor has repeatedly gone his own way, without even the courtesy of consulting his fellow elected leaders. This time Mayor Gillum chose to advance the notion that, somehow, Tallahassee will do what it wants with Syrian refugees that could be sent to Florida.

First, he does not have the option. Congress will hash the matter out with President Obama, but should the President go with his patented executive action and send refugees anyway, the Governor has discretion on where they end up…not Mayor Gillum.

In the early 1990’s Governor Lawton Chiles filed a federal lawsuit against the Clinton administration for the exorbitant costs of dealing with Haitian refugees and he declared a State of Emergency. Though the number of refugees this time is different, the principle is the same. Mayor Gillum has no say – if they come, the Governor will determine the course of action.

But it’s easy to forgive Gillum and his naivety; after all he is a young man who really has never done anything outside the world of government and politics, but when he makes statements that are totally unsupported by the testimony of the agencies charged with keeping our nation, state, and city safe – that is where he needs to be vigorously challenged and called out.

To the Tallahassee Democrat (note: Mayor Gillum refuses to answer questions from Tallahassee Reports or WFLA-FM) Mayor Gillum stated,  “The U.S. vetting process for refugees is extremely rigorous, extensive, and comprehensive, and allows us to aid those that pose no threat to ourCountry.”

The statement is patently untrue. Reports from the Washington Post to CNN all declare the same.  From the President’s own agency leaders, from the Director of the FBI, to the Director of National Intelligence – refugees from Syria cannot be properly vetted. The briefings are so alarming that many Democrats jumped ship and left the President’s barely floating policy disaster, including Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham.

If it had stopped there, we could have just patted the young mayor on the back and said, “Maybe run things by your fellow Commissioners before saying something so foolish.” But no…Gillum doubles down and goes on national television to present his view as ours. In doing so, he damages Tallahassee to potential business leaders across the nation. Regardless of their political philosophy personally, business owners are generally conservative in how they run their businesses and few want to move to a city where the leadership is reckless. Based on local message boards Gillum does not represent the citizens of Tallahassee. However, he seems to be doing a wonderful job of representing People for The American Way.

However, before his most recent appearance on CNN, in the follow-up story in The Tallahassee Democrat, Mayor Gillum said, “I do believe that as time passes on, people sober.” He went on to say, “I think they’ll realize that we’re on the right side of our shared values as Americans and an open and free society that does everything it can to help those who find themselves in trouble or at the margins.”

So the good mayor thinks that those who think differently and believe that we need more security checks and vetting in place before allowing the latest wave of Syrians into the country, state and our city, are not in the correct state of mind and need to see his enlightened view of things. For the record, the last poll of America finds 65%, and growing, disagree with Mayor Gillum.

If the Mayor wants to drop the religion card, as he did on CNN, he can privately sign up for the Nazarene Fund which offers a far more thorough vetting of Syrian Christians. Of course, our President will not support this program instead relying on a UN program.

America is the most generous, welcoming nation in the world. It has been demonstrated time and again. However, we live in very different times. My dad used to say, “It doesn’t take much poison to ruin the meal.” 10,000 Syrians…Arab polling of Syrian refugees shows that 23% of them either like ISIS or are open to supporting them. That means that roughly 2,300 of these Syrians are open to the notion that ISIS and its methods are acceptable. The mayor doesn’t seem bothered by this notion…after-all he has sources in the White House. Yeah, Mayor…what the heck do the FBI, Homeland Security, CIA, and the NSA know?

11 Responses to Syrian refugees: Mayor out of step with citizens, Federal law agencies

  1. HOPE & CHANGE Reply

    December 1, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    You are just beginning to scratch the surface of this extreme narcissistic and most dangerous public official ever elected in Tallahassee. Thank you TR to print what the TDO will or can not print. Follow the light of truth where ever it may led, whatever the cost.

  2. Duty of Care Reply

    December 1, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I believe it is the FBI, Homeland Security, CIA, and the NSA’s duty of care to know and to know a lot.

    Nonfeasance, misfeasance, malfeasance or depraved indifference?

    Like Mama and Eldridge Cleaver said “You are either a part of the solution or part of the problem.”

  3. BEC Reply

    December 1, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Is this the opinion piece you mentioned that was going to be in the TD? Did they not want to publish?

    • Preston Scott

      Preston Scott Reply

      December 1, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      They chose not to publish. I am not reading anything into it. I have had various opinions published over the years in the Democrat.

      • BEC Reply

        December 1, 2015 at 7:45 pm

        It is just amazing how a little boy can put so much fear into people.

        Great job on this!

  4. Stanley Sims Reply

    December 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Steve you need to change the name of your newsletter to:. Why I hate the City of Tallahassee. Can you please other local government as close as you follow the City? These articles are filled with too much opinion and not enough of diversity of issues & facts.

    • Preston Scott

      Preston Scott Reply

      December 2, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      Stanley, Thanks for taking the time to read, but you might take note of the heading: “Opinion”. This is my opinion. The articles are void of opinion. Articles are filled with facts supported by documents that are public record. I will let Steve answer for himself, but from my perspective there is a very good reason why the City of Tallahassee is the subject of so many articles: There is a soft layer of corruption and a hard layer of unethical conduct that just does not exist in other local branches of government. When there are issues elsewhere they are written of, and discuss on my show, but these stories are not made up. As for this particular piece I support my opinion with facts.

      • DavidB Reply

        December 3, 2015 at 7:41 am

        Remember, Preston, some must always open their mouths to remove all doubt…

  5. BEC Reply

    December 4, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Mayor Andy needs to rethink his statement on the US vetting process.

    The women killer in San Bernardino terrorist attack clear thus “vetting” process.

  6. Mike Reply

    December 7, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Gillum has progressed beyond mere corruption and economic and social damage to Tallahassee; he is now actively endangering the lives of Tallahassee area citizens, just as his idol obama is endangering the lives of all Americans with the same blind ideology and narcissism.

    My comments on this subject in TR from Nov. 23-15:
    It’s very clear that Gillum is an obama-acolyte and admirer (he’s made
    statements to that effect), and has patterned his agenda and operating style
    after the Failure In Chief. As Preston Scott said this morning, the mayor just
    did serious economic damage to Tallahassee by discouraging businesses from moving here – who wants to relocate to the Florida city with:
    1: the worst violent crime rate,
    2: highest property tax rate,
    3: and is now the desired location spot for Syrian Islamic “refugees” with its complicit mayor?”

    Also, as I emailed Preston Scott this morning, the mayor has just damaged the Tallahassee residential and commercial real estate market, for the same above-mentioned reasons. Why would anyone want to relocate or retire to
    Tallahassee, now that we’re in the national news for all the wrong reasons?
    This is real economic loss (in property value) for every Tallahassee real estate
    owner.

  7. Maryann Ferencak Reply

    September 16, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Unfortunately, with the Banana Republic under Obama and Hillary we don’t have ANY say in how many TERRORISTS and freeloaders the Obama admin is frantically trying to get to our state. The Dems desperately want the U.S. to become a third world country…AND get all the illegal Mexican and Syrian votes.

    Disgusting!! I am locked and loaded and so are 100% of everyone I talk to.

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