- The Washington Times - Monday, November 23, 2015

Film director and Michigan resident Michael Moore published an open letter to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, slamming his decision to pause efforts to bring more Syrian refugees to the state and offering up his own home in Traverse City as a safe haven.

“I just wanted to let you know that, contrary to your declaration of denying Syrian refugees a home in our state of Michigan, I myself am going to defy your ban and will offer MY home in Traverse City, Michigan, to those very Syrian refugees you’ve decided to keep out,” Mr. Moore wrote in a Facebook post. “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.

“Your action is not only disgraceful, it is, as you know, unconstitutional (only the President has the legal right to decide things like this),” Mr. Moore continued. “What you’ve done is anti-American. This is not who we are supposed to be. We are, for better and for worse, a nation of descendants of three groups: slaves from Africa who were brought here in chains and then forced to provide trillions of dollars of free labor to build this country; native peoples who were mostly exterminated by white Christians through acts of mass genocide; and immigrants from EVERYWHERE around the globe. In Michigan we are fortunate to count amongst us tens of thousands of Arab and Muslim Americans.

“I’m disappointed in you, Governor Snyder, for your heartless and un-Christian actions, and for joining in 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,” Mr. Moore wrote. “Governor, count me out of whatever you think it means to be a Michigander. I look forward to welcoming Syrians to my home and I wholeheartedly encourage other Americans to do the same.

“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!” he added. “Also, no haters live on my floor! Stop by any time for a hot chocolate this winter.”

Mr. Snyder’s press secretary Sara Wurfel said the governor is not being accurately represented. The governor only wishes to stop actively encouraging more refugee resettlements until the proper U.S. authorities reviewed the vetting procedures, his office told the Detroit Free Press.

“It’s unfortunate that Governor’s position is being misrepresented,” Ms. Wurfel said. “Gov. Snyder has been a vocal advocate for continuing to make Michigan a home and welcoming state for immigrants, including refugees escaping violence and oppression from all corners of the world. He is just asking for a thorough review of security clearances and procedures to ensure that he can also fulfill a primary responsibility of keeping Michiganders safe.”


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