Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Sends Letter to Illinois Governor Slamming Him for Denying Syrian Refugees

Nov 19, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), joined by fellow Illinois House Democrats, sent a letter to Governor Bruce Rauner decrying his comments about accepting Syrian refugees into the state.

The governor’s announcement comes in the wake of revelations that one of the terrorists who took part in the in Paris atrocities last week may have entered Europe using a Syrian passport.

Rep. Rush is joined by several other notable members of the Illinois congressional delegation in condemning the governor’s stance on refugees, including Reps. Luis V. Gutiérrez, Danny K. Davis, Janice D. Schakowsky, Bill Foster, Tammy Duckworth and Robin L. Kelly, who are all signatories to the letter.

The letter highlights the historic role of the United States in providing a safe haven for those caught up in conflict, as well as the economic and social contributions made by immigrants to this country, which have helped to ensure its success.

The authors acknowledge the legitimate concerns held by many Americans regarding this issue emphasizing the need for “diligent security screening”, especially in light of the horrific events in Paris. Nevertheless they maintain that the USA should not withdraw from its responsibility to those fleeing oppression.

Rep. Rush added, “We have to be hypersensitive to terrorists abusing America’s generosity in terms of extending our borders to a limited group of Syrian refugees. We cannot close our borders off exclusively to any immigrant group based on creed, color, religion or sexual orientation. We have systems in place to ensure that those that seek to harm us are not allowed in this country and as long as we are diligent in using those systems we are up to the challenge to protect ourselves from any terrorist attack. The flow of immigrants fueled the rapid, unsurpassed promise of this nation. To turn the spigot off now will be turning our backs on our past and our future.”