A few months ago, I sent a letter to the office of Florida Senator Marco Rubio. I wrote a blog which includes the full text of the letter and you can find it at this link. The reason I am bringing this up is that today I got a response from Senator Rubio’s office.
It is as well written as a standard answer to my criticisms can be and I am sure the staffers who have had to write these responses are working hard. Working hard for a terrible… terrible end. Regardless, I present the letter below and would like to point to the two largest sections (outside of the platitudes).
First, there is the section pointing to “…the United States has always provided a safe haven to those escaping unthinkable atrocities, ethnic cleansings, and other horrors.” I do not find this assessment to be entirely honest, the United States has been rather lax with its treatment of refugees, most notably those fleeing the early stages of the Holocaust.
He then follows this up with, “We must balance this honorable tradition of America’s generosity with the recognition that the federal government’s first responsibility is to protect the safety and security of American citizens…. That is why I have supported enhanced vetting.” To respond to this, I would like to point to the video of John Oliver from “Last Week Tonight” pointing out the extreme depths that already exist to the process of vetting. As I see it as enough of a rebuke to any calls for more extreme forms of vetting for those seeking refugee status.
Maybe I am being unfair to Senator Rubio. I do seem to be asking a lot from a grown man who holds a prominent elected position from one of the most populated states. If you feel that I am, feel free to leave scathing comments, or block me from your life. If you agree with me I invite you to go back to my original letter to the Senator, retouch it to speak to your representative of choice, print it out, and MAIL IT IN.
Do not stop making calls, sending letters, protesting, or just tweeting or commenting to those in power. There is only so much noise they can willfully ignore. Make them listen to what concerns you, be it Healthcare, Refugees, or the fate of our Republic.
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