The governors of four U.S. states have announced their refusal to comply with President Obama’s plan to import thousands of Syrian refugees into America following a horrific terror attack in Paris, France on Friday that left more 120 people dead and another 350 injured.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said on Sunday that their states will absolutely not accept any Syrian refugees in wake of the recent terror attacks that targeted seven locations popular for its nightlife in Paris over the weekend.
Arkansas, Lousiana and Texas quickly followed suit, vowing to protect its citizens from possible threats of terrorism hidden amongst flood of Syrian refugees.
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Alabama made its decision despite having an already approved refugee processing center in Mobile. So far, the southeastern state has not accepted any Syrian refugees.
“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,” said Gov. Bentley.
Alabama gov. vows to protect its citizens through banning Syrian refugees
“As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way,” he added.
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Alabama beefed up its security over the weekend, monitoring large public events for indication of any terror threats as the state’s law enforcement worked in conjunction with the FBI, DHS and other federal intelligence partners, according to a Sunday press release by the governor’s office. 1
“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,” said Gov. Bentley.
“I will not place Alabamians at even the slightest, possible risk of an attack on our people. Please continue to join me in praying for those who have suffered loss and for those who will never allow freedom to fade at the hands of terrorist.”
Michigan: We’re not welcoming Islamist extremists into our state
Gov. Snyder made a similar move to protect public safety in Michigan after being pressured by state Representative Gary Glenn, R-Midland to act.2
“I respectfully urge the governor to act cautiously and conservatively to fulfill what in the sad reality of today’s world is the most fundamental responsibility of state government, to protect the public safety of our families and our communities here at home,” said Rep. Glenn.
“We should not rush to offer an open door to the high-risk importation of individuals from a known hotbed of Islamic extremism who security officials say cannot be safely screened to identify and block jihadists masked as ‘refugees’ who’d love to bring suicide vests and grenades to Ford Field or Fisher Theatre or Great Lakes Crossing,” Rep. Glenn added.
Gov. Snyder agreed despite earlier efforts to work with the federal government on developing a process for accepting refugees in September. Michigan has reportedly already welcomed at least 200 Syrian refugees into their state over the last year, reports The Washington Post.3
“As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way,” said Snyder. “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.”
Obama aids confirm president’s plan to important 85,000 of Syrian refugees into U.S.
In wake of the horrific terror attacks that were presumably carried out by terrorists from neighboring countries who entered France amongst the recent flood of refugees, top U.S. government aids confirmed that President Obama intends to move forward with his plan to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year.4
The president plans to bring in an estimated 85,000 next year.
“One of the attackers in the French slaughter was carrying a Syrian passport that seemed to indicate that he had been a refugee that had come into Europe along with a flood of migrants in October,” said Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.
Wallace asked White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, “Given that, is President Obama reconsidering his plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year?”
Rhodes answered: “No, Chris, we’re still planning to take in Syrian refugees.”
The White House insists they have an advanced “vetting” process for determining who is and who isn’t a terrorist; however, a Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence official told Fox News the government has absolutely no system for vetting terrorists who may very well be disguised amongst refugees.5
Further complicating matters is the confirmation that many refugees are obtaining fake passports from countries like Turkey, making it almost impossible for governments to learn their true identifies.