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Some Governors Question Plan to Accept Syrian Refugees

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Migrants wait in line to get food in a reception center on the Greek island of Lesbos on Nov. 16, 2015 after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU / EPA Migrants wait in line to get food in a reception center on the Greek island of Lesbos on Nov. 16, 2015 after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU / EPA

 In the aftermath of Friday's attacks in Paris, several U.S. governors are threatening to block efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states.
    
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today ordered his state's refugee resettlement program not to accept any more Syrians. And he's urging the White House to scrap federal plans to accept more Syrian refugees into the country.
    


Fellow Republican Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama said yesterday he would refuse Syrian refugees relocating to the state, since it would put citizens "in harm's way."
    
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal - a GOP presidential contender - said he wants more information from the White House "in hopes that the night of horror in Paris is not duplicated here." He's demanding to know how many Syrian refugees have been resettled in his state.
    
In Arkansas, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson tweeted a statement today, saying he opposes Syrian refugees being relocated to his state.
    
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder had been welcoming refugees to Michigan, which has a large Arab-American population. But he said yesterday that the state is postponing efforts to accept refugees until federal officials fully review security procedures and clearances.

These governors are responding to heightened concerns that terrorists might use the refugees as cover to sneak across borders.

However, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee disagrees and said Monday ""Washington will continue to be a state that welcomes those seeking refuge from persecution, regardless of where they come from or the religion they practice. We have been and will continue to be a state that embraces compassion and eschews fear mongering, as evidenced so well by Republican Gov. Dan Evans' welcoming of Vietnamese refugees here in the 1970s."

Full Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee regarding the Paris terrorist attacks and anti-Muslim rhetoric

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