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Immigrants’ Son Who Leads State Made Famous by Refugees Denounces Immigrant Refugees

Artist’s rendering of current conditions outside Bobby Jindal’s office.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photos by Shutterstock.

Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal has joined a number of other Republican governors in responding to a terrorist attack carried out in Paris by several French citizens and maybe one Syrian member of ISIS by punishing the Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS-related violence:

Jindal is a first-generation American; his parents came to the United States from the Indian state of Punjab, which borders Pakistan and has been plagued during Jindal’s parents’ lifetime by horrific ethnic cleansing, war, and sectarian domestic terrorism. One might even say that they left the political and religious chaos of their homeland to seek a better life. Jindal is also the governor of a state whose Cajun- and Haitian-influenced food and culture have made it a major destination for tourists. Here’s what Wikipedia says about how the Cajuns ended up in Louisiana (bolding mine):

In 1765, during Spanish rule, several thousand French-speaking refugees from the region of Acadia (now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, Canada) made their way to Louisiana after having been expelled from their homelands by the British during the French and Indian War. They settled chiefly in the southwestern Louisiana region now called Acadiana.

And from a site about African American migration (bolding again mine):

By 1791 the Haitian Revolution was under way. It would continue for thirteen years, result in the independence of the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere, and reverberate throughout the Atlantic world. Its impact would be particularly felt in Louisiana, the destination of thousands of refugees from the island’s turmoil.

Bobby Jindal is trying to drown the Statue of Liberty in a gumbo made from crawfish and irony.