GOP Govs Refuse To Accept Syrian Refugees

Update: 3:00 PM EST

The Republican governors of 13 American states have announced their intention to refuse to have refugees fleeing from the Syrian Civil War relocated in their states. The moves come as result of the news that one of the suspected Paris terror attack suspects slipped into Europe with a group of refugees and then made his way to western Europe.

“Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrote according to Fox News. “As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril.”

In addition to Texas; Illinois, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Arizona, Indiana, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Michigan, Alabama, and Arkansas have all also decided to refuse the admittance of refugees from Syria.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced his decision in a strident statement.

“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,” Bentley said. “As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.

Over four million people have fled Syria in the past four years and the flow is only expected to quicken as more violence grips the war torn country.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a candidate for the GOP Presidential nomination. He is also the children of immigrants from India.

It is unclear if the action of these governors is even allowed due to federal supremacy over matter of foreign policy.

Rise News is continuing to work on this developing story and will update this piece as new information comes to us.

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3 comments on GOP Govs Refuse To Accept Syrian Refugees

  1. Nancy says:

    Muslim Syrian Refugees are being “fast tracked ” into the USA with little or no background checks, health checks or mental health checks. France was in the process of fast tracking 24,000 refugees when they were attacked. Of course, the liberal french government has disarmed their citizens, leaving them sitting ducks to all terrorists with automatic weapons. So we have a government that has now exposed their citizens to terrorists and left them vulnerable and dependent on them for help. We all know what an utter failure that was. The USA is headed in the same direction. New Orleans and Allentown PA have already received some of these refuges. I’m glad to see at least some of these politicians have the balls to step up and speak out. Obviously, the liberals aren’t going to do it.

  2. RobG says:

    Good! Finally somebody is taking national security seriously. Obama certainly isn’t.

  3. Don Jimenez says:

    Whites are always whining about Obama. Just stick to the topic at hand for once. Crybaby!

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