Michael Moore Defies Governor’s Ban, Opens Apartment To Syrian Refugees

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Michael Moore is opening his apartment to Syrian refugees in defiance of an order by his Governor.

Documentary filmmaker and activist Michael Moore is not happy that Republican Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is vowing to refuse to allow Syrian refugees to settle in the state.

An openly defiant Moore announced that in spite of that vow, he is opening his apartment to Syrian refugees and has also set up a website to help others do the same.

“I just wanted to let you know that, contrary to your declaration of denying Syrian refugees a home in our state of Michigan, I myself am going to defy your ban and will offer MY home in Traverse City, Michigan, to those very Syrian refugees you’ve decided to keep out,” Moore wrote in an open-letter to Snyder.

“I will contact the State Department to let them know I am happy to provide a safe haven to any Syrian refugee couple approved by the Obama administration’s vetting procedures in which I have full faith and trust. Your action is not only disgraceful, it is, as you know, unconstitutional (only the president has the legal right to decide things like this),” he wrote, adding: “What you’ve done is anti-American. This is not who we are supposed to be.”

“I’m disappointed in you, Governor Snyder, for your heartless and un-Christian actions, and for joining in with at least 25 other governors (all but one a Republican) who’ve decided to block legal Syrian refugees from coming into their states. Fortunately, I’m an American and not a Republican,” he continued adding: “Governor, count me out of whatever you think it means to be a Michigander. I look forward to welcoming Syrians to my home and I wholeheartedly encourage other Americans to do the same.”

Signing the letter, “Michael Moore,” he included the following post script: “P.S. By the way, my 700-sq. ft. apartment in northern Michigan is a little small, but it’s got cable, wi-fi and a new dishwasher! Also, no haters live on my floor! Stop by any time for a hot chocolate this winter.”

As Huffington Post reports, “Beyond his letter, Moore created a hashtag, #MyHomeIsOpen, and a website for people to sign up to take in Syrian refugees after they arrive in the country.”

As of Tuesday morning, 1,565 people already offered up rooms in their homes.

“I’m asking anyone who can, anyone who has spare rooms in their homes or an empty apartment, cottage, or whatever, to make it available for Syrian and Iraqi refugees for between six months and a year while they’re being settled in the U.S.,” he said.

On the website, Moore states:”I’m not kidding about this. I’m making my apartment in Michigan available, rent-free, for six months to a year until the Syrian family gets settled and is doing well on their own. My family came here from Ireland in the 1800s. I know what it was like for them. There was bigotry and harassment — but there were also those who held out a helping hand. That I would have the chance to do the same thing for a new family of immigrants 150 years later is an honor. (Besides, legend has it that St. Patrick was originally from Syria/Lebanon — so I’m just passing on the green!).”

“I’m asking anyone who can, anyone who has spare rooms in their homes or an empty apartment, cottage, or whatever, to make it available for Syrian and Iraqi refugees for between six months and a year while they’re being settled in the U.S. If you can do this, would you please sign up on the #MyHomeIsOpen registry. Your name and contact info will be kept private and will only be shared with the appropriate refugee agencies sanctioned and overseen by the Obama administration and its participating NGOs. They will contact you when they have refugees that they’ve vetted and need to be placed in homes,” he continued, adding: “THIS is what we want the ‘American way’ to be from now on. No more war, or interfering in other people’s lives, no more turning our backs on the messes that we’ve created.”

He concluded, stating: “Thanks for joining with me in this effort. We are, indeed, our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. I can think of no better way to celebrate Thanksgiving and the holidays this year than by helping those who are suffering from the mistakes that have been made in our name,” and signing his statement:

All my best,
Michael Moore
Great-grandson of refugees and immigrants

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