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August 22, 2014 10:25 AM Could Refugees Steal the Elections?

By Ed Kilgore

No, so far as I am aware, no one has asked the question posed in the headline to this post. But it may just be a matter of time.

After all, just this week Texas Gov. Rick Perry suggested, offering no evidence, that ISIS members may be sneaking across the border amidst Central American refugees. And now we learn a former Arizona House Speaker running for Congress is suggesting (again, with zero evidence) refugees could bring in Ebola virus.

So it’s clear the refugees are rapidly becoming an all-purpose scapegoat for conservative pols. All that’s missing is the Obama nexus. That’s why I figure these birds will eventually argue the refugees have been invited in by the wily president to commit voter fraud—at least the ones who could pass for voting age adults.

Remember—you read it here first.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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