UPDATE as of 10:30pm ET: Now more than HALF of states refusing refugees — 25 Republican governors and one Democrat.
UPDATE: Even as this was being written, more states joined the list. This is changing quickly — a sign of sure momentum on the side of common sense!
The list of governors who are either pausing or altogether halting acceptance of Syrian refugees into their states following Friday’s terror attacks in Paris continues to grow. And fast.
As of this writing, the list of states now includes the following states — Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.WZ] And growing. Though the list is largely made up of Republican governors, New Hampshire’s governor Maggie Hassan is a notable exception.
The Chicago Tribune reports on one of today’s recent additions, President Obama’s home state of Illinois:
Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Monday that Illinois will temporarily stop taking in new Syrian refugees, joining seven other Republican governors in the wake of the Paris attacks.
Rauner’s decision comes after officials said at least one of the Paris attackers entered Europe amid the recent influx of migrants from the war-torn country.
“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,” Rauner said in a statement. “We must find a way to balance our tradition as a state welcoming of refugees while ensuring the safety and security of our citizens.”
Rauner said his office will “consider all of our legal options” as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security undergoes a review of acceptance and security processes.
Other governors, who’d previously declared a pause or halt to refugees, expressed similar sentiments.
As the Daily Caller reports:
“Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration. But our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents,” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said over the weekend. “Given the terrible situation in Paris, I’ve directed that we put on hold our efforts to accept new refugees until the U.S. Department of Homeland Security completes a full review of security clearances and procedures.”
It’s been revealed that at least one of the attackers in the Paris massacre on Friday likely entered the country with migrants from Syria. President Obama on Monday reaffirmed his desire to accept 10,000 refugees over the next year.
But other governors, reacting to the events in Paris, said they also would not accept them.
“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,” Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said. “As your governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.”
“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,” Texas Greg Governor Abbott said Monday. “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.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson also said Monday his state would oppose the move.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, running for president as a Republican, also issued an executive order Monday to “prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state of Louisiana.”
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence also issued a statement Monday, saying his state would “suspend the resettlement of additional Syrian refugees […] pending assurances from the federal government that proper security measures have been achieved.”
This wave of common sense, led by Republican governors, continues to grow. This, even as President Obama seems to double down on his stance that we continue blindly importing Syrian refugees and dismissing the notion that we “somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism.” Yeah, because it would make too much sense to use the facts at our disposal to inform our actions — and, more importantly, get in the way of your agenda, Mr. President.
So far, at least one governor is following suit with Obama– Democrat Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, who downplayed any security threat from incoming refugees, describing them as “a small number” and added they were, “a number over which you could do a lot of security background checks and that sort of thing.”
I guess Gov. Malloy missed the admission from our own FBI that there’s really no way to screen “refugees” coming from Syria. Just last month, FBI head James Comey testified before Congress acknowledging it was not possible for the U.S. to properly vet the Syrian refugees because there are no data points that would show the past activity of the vast majority of Syrians.
Sadly, President Obama and his minions has continually shown us he seems to care more about everyone BUT the citizens he was elected to lead and protect.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]