Mayor Mike Rawlings of Dallas, a Democrat, said that he fears white men with guns more than Islamic State secret agents “moles” entering the United States along with legitimate refugees from war-torn Syria. Rawlings appeared on MSNBC. Dallas is the ninth-largest city in the United States.
“I am more fearful of large gatherings of white men that come into schools, theaters and shoot people up, but we don’t isolate young white men on this issue,” Rawlings said in an interview. Previously, Rawlings told the Dallas Morning News that “we fall into the trap if we become xenophobic and paranoid about people in the Middle East.”
Rawlings told MSNBC that in a conversation with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) that they disagreed over the risks posed by incoming refugees. Abbott has expressed concerns in the past about the possibility of terrorist sleeper cells slipping into the country disguised as innocent refugees.
Rawlings claimed that he is concerned about Texans’ safety. On MSNBC, he said “The safety of Dallasities is paramount in his mind and my mind as well.” He added, “We want to get rid of ISIS. We all agree with that. ISIS wants us to be divided on this issue. ISIS wants us to demonize these refugees, wants us to alienate these children.”
Besides Rawlings, other mayors of large cities who support the influx of Syria refugees are Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Marty Walsh of Boston, Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, and Bill de Blasio of New York. All of these are Democrats. According to the Pew Research Center, the Obama administration welcomed a total of 38,901 Muslim refugees entered the U.S. in fiscal year 2016, making up almost half (46%) of the nearly 85,000 refugees who entered the country in that period. "That means the U.S. has admitted the highest number of Muslim refugees of any year since data on self-reported religious affiliations first became publicly available in 2002. Almost the same number of Christian (37,521) as Muslim refugees were admitted in fiscal 2016, which ended Sept. 30."
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