Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) slammed Republican voters for their “ignorance” yesterday, claiming they have a “misconception” about the refugee resettlement program in the United States.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that Omar was speaking to podcast host John Nichols, and said Republicans “are really good at misinformation and sort of really reorganizing facts to sort of paint a picture that really eventually is not rooted in facts.”
She went on to explain the resettlement program, saying “There are agencies that run the resettlement program. This is a process that’s run through them. If you end that contract, it’s not that refugees are not going to be resettled, it’s that the state just doesn’t get informed. And so the only leverage you have is that you are part of this contract and you can be part of the negotiations on how many people get resettled in your state.”
She continued, claiming Republicans use programs like the ones that resettle refugees to “stir up hate and division.”
“And so it is not that they might not be knowledgeable about this, but they use it as a tool to stir up hate and division. And ignorance really is pervasive in many parts of this country. And as someone who was raised by educators, I really like to inform people about things that they might be ignorant to, willingly or unwillingly,” she said.