States Slam Doors on Syrian Refugees
In the wake of the revelation that at least one of the ISIS operatives who attacked Paris likely slipped into France with the huddled masses fleeing from Syria, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) have closed their states’ borders to Syrian refugees.
These decrees are a real sign of trouble for the Obama administration. The State Department wants to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in America, even though FBI Director James Comey told Congress in October the U.S. can’t screen the Syrian refugees for terrorism history because data on their background just doesn’t exist.
Now that Snyder, Abbott, and Bentley have spoken out so clearly, will Obama have to look for states run by Democrats (and he has to realize those are few and far between) to place thousands of refugees from Syria?
Snyder’s announcement that Syrian refugees would not be welcome in Michigan is a real 180-degree shift in attitude. He has been so into welcoming immigrants into Michigan that the Snyder administration set up the Office for New Americans in 2014.
There had even been talk that Syrian refugees could be the salvation of Detroit.
But the tune has changed in Michigan. Snyder is still singing a song of welcome, but the pitch is different.
"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," Snyder said. "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.”
A spokesman for Snyder said he made this decision the day after the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Snyder could be a real trendsetter on this.
Two days after the Paris attacks, Alabama Gov. Bentley said any Syrian refugees the Obama administration drops off at his state’s border will be turned away.
“As your governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way,” Bentley said in a statement.
Alabama has one State Department-approved refugee-processing center in Mobile. But there have been no Syrian refugees relocated in Alabama. It seems a safe bet that business will stay slow at the Mobile processing center.
“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,” Bentley added.
“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 terrorists.”
Three days after the Paris ISIS strikes, Texas Gov. Abbott told Obama he didn’t want a single Syrian refugee in the Lone Star State.
“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,” Abbott wrote in a letter to Obama.
The first-term governor also said his best advice would be to keep the Trojan Horse of Syrian refugees out of all 50 states.
"Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity," Abbott said. "As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril."