Will Colorado be next ISIS target?
Coloradans increasingly fearful in light of continued intelligence reports raising concerns
DENVER—Soon after Gov. John Hickenlooper’s rushed decision to make Colorado a sanctuary state, intelligence officials have determined that Islamic extremists have explored using the refugee program to enter the United States, dialing up fears that Colorado could be the set of the next horror episode.
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:
“We are now finding out from intelligence officials that ISIS will use the refugee program to infiltrate the United States, that’s clear. When you look at where the refugees will be relocated, that’s Colorado and few other places. Coloradans have every right to question the governor’s decision and expect him to change his mind, especially now that we know ISIS killers, like the ones in California, could be here next. We don’t want Denver or Colorado Springs, for example, to be the next San Bernardino.”
According to recent polling, most Americans want to stop allowing in refugees amid fears of terrorist infiltrations after the Paris attacks, siding with those who want to freeze the Obama administration’s resettlement program. The questions and methodology can be viewed here.
Lockwood blasted the governor immediately after his decision in state and national media, calling him a lone-wolf governor. The non-partisan group claims that people from across the political spectrum can agree that increased security screening of refugees makes sense in light of recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the U.S.
The non-profit recently launched a digital campaign, “Our Lives Matter,” featuring a petition and digital ads on Facebook and Google, calling on Coloradans to express their outrage with Gov. John Hickenlooper for his open-door policy on refugee relocation to Colorado.
The campaign is also targeting Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., for declining to take a clear and consistent stance on increased refugee screening measures in the wake of jihadist attacks.