Now 24 Republican governors – and one Democrat – say they don’t want to accept Syrian refugees as President Obama recommits the United States to ‘do its part’

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
By Paul Martin

President Obama said the United States needed to ‘step up and do its part’ admitting refugees from Syria
He said that the issue of refugees and terrorism should not be equated in the aftermath of the Paris attacks
A handful of Republican governors have publicly pronounced that their states would not accept Syrians
Obama made a swipe at those GOP leaders – asking them to be more like President George W. Bush in the aftermath of 9/11

By Nikki Schwab, U.s. Political Reporter
17 November 2015

Now, 25 Republican governors – and one Democrat too – have said they don’t want Syrian refugees in their states, as President Obama recommitted the U.S. to take a portion of this population fleeing from ISIS.

In a press conference this morning in Turkey, Obama said that ‘the United States has to step up and do its part,’ while chiding those in the opposition party for suggesting there be a ‘religious test’ for entry into the United States.

There’s concern, after Friday’s brutal attack in Paris, that ISIS fighters are infiltrating those fleeing Syria and will carry out future violence against the West.

‘It is very important,’ Obama said. ‘That we do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism.’

However, Republican governors from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Texas and Wisconsin said they would postpone programs to bring in Syrian refugees, or they’re against the idea entirely, according to the Associated Press.

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