DETROIT (AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement Sunday that the state is postponing efforts to accept refugees until federal officials fully review security clearances and procedures. He added that Michigan is “proud of our rich history of immigration” but that Michigan’s “first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.”
November 16, 2015
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has announced he is refusing Syrian refugees relocating to his state.
In a news release Sunday Bentley said, “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. As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.”
According to the release Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is working diligently with federal agencies to monitor any possible threats. To date there has been no credible intelligence of terror threats in Alabama.
Boise – Two activist groups squared off in downtown Boise today over the federal refugee program. It’s a topic that’s generated quite a bit of debate in the magic valley… As a group fights to shut down the refugee center at the college of Southern Idaho. More than one hundred citizen activists gathered today in Boise to protest the federal refugee program.
The group…Three percent of Idaho…Stands for conservative protections of the constitution and community safety. Their protest — centered on the college of southern Idaho’s refugee program — comes off statements from federal agency leaders.
FBI director James Comey said they were ready to screen additional refugees from Syria…But gaps exist in the system.
WASHINGTON — Some opponents to taking in more Syrian refugees argue it’s simply too expensive. Refugees need significant help with housing, food, transportation, education and more when they get here, and they contend that the United States can’t afford to help more people.
But what if outside groups — community or religious organizations, cities, companies or even individuals — foot the costs instead? Continue reading…