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Ashcroft Says US Should Focus on Terrorists Not Syrian Refugees
November 20, 2015

Former US Attorney General John Ashcroft says the nation should keep its focus on the terrorist threat rather than the Syrian refugees.
“What’s important for us is to focus on terrorists, not to try and include broader groups who may or may not include individuals who may or may not be involved in the terrorist movements,” Ashcroft told KMBC TV Friday in Kansas City.
Ashcroft was the nation’s Attorney General when America was attacked on September 11, 2001.
During his time at the Justice Department, the former Missouri Governor supported passage of the US Patriot Act, which increased security after the deadly attacks in New York, the Pentagon.
Ashcroft said he did not think the entire terrorist threat was wrapped up in Syrian refugees.
“The threat is from terrorism. But many people from Syria need a place to go…but we (the US) also need a safe place in which to live and work.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has not tried to block refugees from coming to the state, as 31 other Governors have done.
That includes Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.
At the same event, Nixon says the state needs to keep its options open. He says Missouri can balance the need to keep citizens safe and still respect the tradition of accepting refugees.
Former US Senator Kit Bond, who also served in the Missouri Governor’s mansion, says the refugee problem was “a huge threat”.
Nixon and Ashcroft were at a rare event where all six living Missouri Governors appeared.
Governors Kit Bond, Ashcroft, Roger Wilson, Bob Holden, Matt Blunt and Nixon were guests of the Hawthorn Foundation.
That group was started by Bond in 1982. It helps governors fund overseas trade missions to attract business to Missouri

Schmidt & 3 More AG: : MIMBY Gitmo
November 18, 2015

(AP) – Top prosecutors in three states reportedly being assessed as potential future homes for Guantanamo Bay detainees are imploring the Obama administration not to send the prisoners to their states.

Attorneys general from Colorado, Kansas and South Carolina on Wednesday wrote to President Barack Obama, telling him that bringing detainees to their areas “will create imminent danger” and make “targets” out of the communities where they are placed.

A Defense Department team recently finished surveying seven sites in Colorado, South Carolina and Kansas that could be the next address for some of the 112 detainees currently housed at Guantanamo Bay.

Closing the detention center has been a top priority for Obama. The effort has faced hurdles, including opposition among both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

The prosecutors are giving the administration until Dec. 4 to respond.

Claycomo Rejects National Ford CBA
November 18, 2015

(AP) – The United Auto Workers union is making a last-ditch push for the union’s proposed contract with Ford, which is heading for defeat in votes at Ford’s plants.

The union’s chief Ford negotiator, Jimmy Settles, said Wednesday that with 75 percent of workers voting, the contract is failing by a 52-48 percent margin. Workers at two big truck plants in Louisville, Kentucky, and Kansas City, Missouri, were among those who voted down the agreement.

Voting ends Friday. The UAW said it will likely announce vote totals Saturday.

“We’re optimistic. It looks dark now, but it might be light in the morning,” Settles said.

The agreement raises wages for all of Ford’s 53,000 hourly workers and guarantees $9 billion in investments in U.S. plants. It would end a hated two-tier wage system at Ford’s plants by bringing new workers up to the wages of longtime workers over eight years. And it promises bonuses worth $10,250 as soon as the contract is ratified.

But some members think Ford Motor Co. should end the two-tier system immediately, not over eight years. Others argue that it relies too much on profit-sharing payments and bonuses instead of guaranteed annual pay raises.

Nixon Says Vetting Refugees is Feds Job
November 16, 2015

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says Washington should implement the strongest possible safeguards when screening refugees entering the United States.

Nixon noted the screening process for refugees is a function of the US State Department and the federal Department of Homeland Security, not the state of Missouri.

At least three republican gubernatorial candidates, John Brunner, Peter Kinder and Catherine Hanaway called on Nixon to join other Governors in refusing to take in any refugees from Syria.
A backlash against accepting Syrian refugees accelerated Monday. One of the Paris attackers was discovered to have entered Europe posing as a Syrian refugee.

Earlier this year, Washington agreed to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees.
Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, who is also running for governor, says his office sent a letter to Nixon.
“ I urge you to refuse to accept any of Syrian refugees being located to Missouri until the federal government ensures a proper vetting procedure is in place,” Kinder wrote.

Catherine Hanaway asked Nixon to suspend accepting any Syrian refugees “until further security measure are put into place to understand who and where these refugees are coming from,”.

Another St. Louisan, John Brunner said “I call on Governor Nixon to reject President Obama’s plan to relocate Syrian refugees to Missouri”.

Earlier this year the international Institute of St. Louis indicated it would accept refugees from Syria.

It is unlikely any refugees are sent to Kansas City.

Hillary Cohen Singer of the refugee service of the Jewish Vocational Services group says refugees are usually sent to an area where a community is already established.

Cohen Singer says there are few Syrians in the Kansas City metro.

Brown back Says State Will Not Assist Feds Relocating Syrian Refugees
November 16, 2015

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says his state agencies will not assist Washington ins re-setting Syrian refugees in Kansas.

“We must take action to ensure terrorists don’t enter Kansas under the guise of refugees,” Brownback said in a statement tweeted out Monday afternoon.

Brownback joins the Governors of more than a dozen states who have declared their will not accept Syrian refugees.

The backlash against accepting people from the mid-east nation accelerated after it was learned one of the Paris attackers entered Europe while posing as a Syrian refugee.

House Speaker Ray Merrick issued a statement in support of the Governor’s move.

He added, “when President Obama declared ISIS was contained just hours before they struck Paris, he made it impossible to rely on information from the federal government.”

Also today, Kansas ‘s Kansas City metro Congressman Kevin Yoder said he was sending a letter to President Obama urging him to reject any Syrian refugees.

Earlier this year, Washington made a commitment to accept 10,,000 refugees from Syria.


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