Here Is the Growing List of States That Have Vowed Not to Take Syrian Refugees
Over the weekend, the Paris attacks inspired the governors of Alabama and Michigan issued statements denying entry to any of the 10,000 Syrian refugees the White House announced it would take in last September. This set off a chain reaction of additional refusals from mostly Republican governors (and one Democrat) across the country. Not only are they refusing to endanger the lives of their respective states’ citizens, but many are expressing strong criticisms of President Barack Obama‘s current policies towards the Syrian refugee crisis.
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder because the first gubernatorial official to publicly announce that his state would not be accepting Syrian refugees via the federal program established by the White House.
“Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration,” he said in a statement. “But our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.”
Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama followed suit with an official statement outlining the state’s refusal to accept refugees.
“The acts of terror committed over the weekend are a tragic reminder to the world that evil exists and takes the form of terrorists who seek to destroy the basic freedoms we will always fight to preserve,” he said in a statement. “I will not place Alabamians at even the slightest, possible risk of an attack on our people.”
As news of Snyder and Bentley’s new policies spread on Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott threw his hat into the ring of noncompliance.
In an official statement, Abbott cited an unconfirmed report about a Syrian passport being found near the body of one of the dead attackers.
Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson chimed in around the same time with Arkansas’s intention to refuse any Syrian refugees looking for a new home. Like those before him, the governor released an official statement to explain his position.
“My thoughts and prayers are with them,” he said, “but I will not support a policy that is not the best solution and that poses a risk to Arkansans.”
Initially, Louisiana Gov. (and Republican presidential candidate) Bobby Jindal publicly expressed his concerns with the incoming Syrian refugees with a letter address to Obama. Jindal tweeted the letter out earlier in the weekend.
But when his fellow Republican governors began dropping out of the running for accepting refugees, Jindal went from criticism to action.
Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana announced his plan to suspend the state’s resettlement plans for additional Syrian refugees…