Governor Jindal’s Letter to Obama Demands Accountability on Syrian Refugees in Louisiana

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of Bobby Jindal, but like it or not, he’s still the current governor of Louisiana and he has a job to do.  Some would say that he hasn’t been doing it very well, that he’s spent the last several years campaigning out of state, but that’s another story.

Jindal is drawing some fire on social media in the wake of his letter to Obama regarding Syrian refugees in Louisiana.

The letter can be found here, but the gist of it is this:

Last week, the city of New Orleans began receiving its first wave of Syrian refugees. As with former immigration crises and federal relocation policy, Louisiana has been kept in the dark about those seeking refuge in the state. It is irresponsible and severely disconcerting to place individuals, who may have ties to ISIS, in a state without the state’s knowledge or involvement.

As Governor of Louisiana, I demand information about the Syrian refugees being placed in Louisiana in hopes that the night of horror in Paris is not duplicated here.

The latest figures indicate that as of last month two families have settled in New Orleans.  Updated numbers could not be provided by the government or by Catholic Charities who is assisting the refugees.

Why not?

And this is just the beginning: two families is two families but over the next twelve months, Barack Obama plans to bring in 10,000 refugees into 180 cities.  That number jumps to 100,000 next year.

Governor Jindal is correct to express concern at the vetting process.

However, some on social media don’t see it that way.  On the NOLA Facebook post to their article, the comments were astounding to me.  A sample:

“While hundreds of thousands flee from the area this jack @ is worried about 2 coming into our state.  Can you say pandering…”

“Bobby Jindal should be considered a refugee from Iowa if he ever returns to Louisiana…”

“Funny how no one considers the fact that the people committing these violent acts are the people these refugees are fleeing from.”

“Only in America can you be the child of immigrants and wanna stop other immigrants from coming into the country.”

It goes on and on.

What happened in Paris Friday is devastating and you can be certain it is coming here.  These liberal, bleeding hearts can stick their heads in the sand all they want to but that cannot change the fact that this administration has fundamentally transformed our country in the most dangerous, negative way one possibly could through its very programs, policies, and rhetoric.

Governor Jindal may have his faults, but he is correct in demanding accountability on this program and in attempting to provide cover for his state.

We are at a very, very dangerous point in our country and at least Jindal recognizes that.  Credit where credit is due.


Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.