These Governors Refuse to Accept Syrian Refugees
Into Their States
By John Walker
November 16, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - In the wake
Paris attacks, some United States governors are refusing to
cooperate with President Barack Obama’s response to the ongoing
international refugee crisis.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said that his state
will not accept any more Syrian refugees,
The New York Times reports. “Michigan is a welcoming
state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration,” Gov.
Snyder said in a statement. “But our first priority is protecting
the safety of our residents.”
Some Syrian refugees have already settled in the
state, the Times notes.
The Detroit Free Press
calls the announcement a “step backward” for the governor, who
said that settling Syrian refugees was “part of being a good
Michigander” back in September.
Governor Robert J. Bentley of Alabama made a
similar announcement over the weekend, The
Associated Press reports.
“After full consideration of this weekend’s
attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any
attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S.
Refugee Admissions Program,” Gov. Bentley said in a statement. “As
your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places
the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.”
Zero Syrian refugees have been settled in Alabama
at present, according to The AP.
White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben
confirmed Sunday that the U.S. still plans to accept
approximately 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year. One of the
men who participated in the
coordinated attacks in Paris Friday night—which left
129 people dead and hundreds wounded—allegedly
entered France with Syrian refugees holding an emergency
Governor Abbott To Refuse Syrian Refugees
Relocating To Texas
Governor Greg Abbott
today sent a letter to President Barack Obama informing him that the
State of Texas will not accept any refugees from Syria in the wake
of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris. Furthermore, Governor
Abbott implored President Obama to halt his plans to accept more
Syrian refugees in the United States entirely, as the federal
government does not have the background information necessary to
effectively conduct proper security checks on Syrian nationals.
"Given the tragic attacks in Paris and the threats
we have already seen, Texas cannot participate in any program that
will result in Syrian refugees - any one of whom could be connected
to terrorism - being resettled in Texas," Governor Abbott said in
the letter. "Effective today, I am directing the Texas Health &
Human Services Commission's Refugee Resettlement Program to not
participate in the resettlement of any Syrian refugees in the State
of Texas. And I urge you, as President, to halt your plans to allow
Syrians to be resettled anywhere in the United States."
"Neither you nor any federal official can
guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic
activity," Governor Abbott continued. "As such, opening our door to
them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable
To view Governor Abbott's full letter to President
See also -
Seven U.S. states shut doors to Syrian
refugees after Paris attacks:
Five U.S. governors on Monday said they would not allow Syrian
refugees to be settled in their states, joining Alabama and Michigan
and contending it is too dangerous to let in people from that
war-torn country following Friday’s deadly Paris attacks.