A cascade of states is now refusing to accept Syrian refugees

Monday, November 16, 2015
By Paul Martin

Maxwell Tani
Nov. 16, 2015

A slew of states said Monday that they will not accept refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria, in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris that left at least 129 people dead.

At least nine states on Monday followed the lead of Alabama on Michigan, whose Republican governors said Sunday that they would not allow Syrian refugees to resettle in their states.

On Monday, the Republican governor-led states of Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Massachusetts, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas all said they would not accept refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict.

One of the suspected attackers in Paris was reportedly found with a Syrian passport, though its authenticity has not been confirmed.

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said he had already directed his state’s refugee resettlement commission to refuse refugees coming from Syria.

“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. As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril,” Abbott said in the letter.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), a presidential candidate, called on Obama to halt refugee resettlement until he discloses the screening and monitoring process for refugees attempting to enter the US.

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