States saying no to Syrian refugees, image via Huffington Post
So far this Monday 14 Governors, and counting, have taken steps to stop President Obama’s plan to bring in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into their states following Friday’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.
ISIS terrorist, at least one of which was a recent migrant who came to France via Syria and Greece, killed 129 people and wounded hundreds more in a series of attacks across Paris Friday night. Suicide bombers attacked the main soccer stadium, gunmen attacked at least two restaurants, and 3 terrorist used guns and explosives to kill dozens of hostages at a music hall.
So far the Governors of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin have all said they will not allow any, or more, Syrian refugees into their states or issued executive orders to that effect.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner suspended, temporarily, Illinois participation in the resettlement of Syrian refugees saying:
“Our nation and our state have a shared history of providing safe haven for those displaced by conflict, but the news surrounding the Paris terror attacks reminds us of the all-too-real security threats facing America.
“We must find a way to balance our tradition as a state welcoming of refugees while ensuring the safety and security of our citizens.
“Therefore, the state of Illinois will temporarily suspend accepting new Syrian refugees and consider all of our legal options pending a full review of our country’s acceptance and security processes by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,”
Illinois had been the 4th leading state in the number of Syrian refugees resettled, with California, Texas, and Kentucky being 1 thru 3.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbot said:
“Neither you(President Obama) nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity,” Abbott wrote. “As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril.”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said the following in making his executive order blocking more Syrian refugees going to his state:
“The State of Louisiana has been denied critical information by the federal government regarding Syrian refugees already relocated into this state, creating an untenable situation,” the executive order states.
“[I]t is foreseeable that the introduction of Syrian refugees into the United States without proper prior screening and follow-up monitoring could result in a threat to the citizens and property of this State.”
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley added this:
[a]fter full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris … I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.”
Update: Make that 15 as Iowa’s Gov. Terry Brandstad has joined in from the QC Times:
“We want to do everything we can to prevent it from happening here,” Branstad told reporters late Monday afternoon. “We think it’s just too risky for the people of Iowa.”
Branstad said the state has welcomed refugees from around the world and should exercise compassion but the intelligence community should undertake a thorough review before any people from Syria are resettled in the state. The governor and his staff said they don’t think any Syrian refugees have already been placed in the state.
The governor’s actions were somewhat of a turnabout from earlier in the day, when he expressed doubts about a state’s ability to stop the federal government from resettling refugees.
“I don’t know that the states have the authority to decide whether or not we can take refugees. This is a federal program,” Branstad said earlier Monday at his weekly news conference.