A tweet from Montana’s lone U.S. congressman opposing the resettlement of Afghan refugees in Missoula has spurred a flood of donations to two local organizations that work to aid those refugees.
Meanwhile, one local Afghan refugee is pleading for help, compassion and understanding and is trying desperately to get her family to America.
On Sept. 16, U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale, a freshman Republican, tweeted that he learned that day that 75 refugees from Afghanistan would be arriving in Montana soon.
“I strongly oppose the resettlement of these Afghan nationals in Montana,” Rosendale tweeted.
Today I learned that 75 refugees from Afghanistan will be arriving in Montana. I strongly oppose the resettlement of these Afghan nationals in Montana.
— Matt Rosendale (@RepRosendale) September 16, 2021
His Twitter thread went on to say that he didn’t think the Biden Administration’s withdrawal from the war in Afghanistan justified “flooding our communities with unvetted refugees.”
“At this time, it appears extremely unlikely the Biden Administration properly vetted the Afghan nationals being resettled in Montana,” he said.
Rosendale’s tweet generated lots of engagement and a mixed reaction, with many national media outlets quoting him.
Rosendale has since doubled down on his position in an interview with Politico.
“This is nothing