Nearly all of the media’s attention this election cycle has been focused on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but now his vice presidential running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, is in the headlines after losing a court battle over his hateful immigration policies. Pence had sought to block the immigration of Syrian refuges for no other reason than his bigoted view that anyone from a Middle Eastern country must be a terrorist.
A three-judge panel upheld a ruling which barred Pence from manipulating federal funds given to Indiana to subsidize the cost of settling Syrian refugees in the state. They further ruled that Pence’s plan to refuse Syrian refuges was against federal law due to it being illegal to discriminate based upon the nationality of those seeking asylum. The judges stated Pence’s policies were illegal as he accepted the federal government’s money and then did not spend it on the refugees. Like a good conservative, Pence had no problem taking tax dollars while decrying taxation, while simultaneously denying those who needed the funds the most.
Judge Richard Posner succinctly summed up Pence’s stance:
It is the equivalent of his saying (not that he does say) that he wants to forbid black people to settle in Indiana not because they’re black but because he’s afraid of them, and since race is therefore not his motive, he isn’t discriminating.
While Pence lost his battle, he likely won supporters through his effort of Islamophobia as the entire campaign of Trump and Pence has been to alienate any person who is not white and Christian.