Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Remember how governors can’t do anything about the Syrian refugees?


At last count, thirty governors have said they will not accept Syrian refugees. While there is little they can do to stop the refugees from coming, states do not have to cooperate with the federal government in placing refugees (as I commented yesterday). This is a letter from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell:

Dear Secretary Kerry and Secretary Burwell:

As Chief Executive of the State of Wisconsin, I take seriously my obligation to ensure the safety and protection of the citizens of this state. It has become apparent there are not proper security procedures in place to appropriately background and accurately ascertain the identities of those entering our country through the Syrian refugee program. This deficiency in the program poses a threat to the safety and security of our people. At this time, I cannot authorize the cooperation of our state in any efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in Wisconsin.

 I have issued a directive to Secretary Eloise Anderson of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families to not participate in the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Wisconsin. Our state will not facilitate the coordination or provision of benefits or services for individuals whose presence could pose a potential risk to our people. We will make all efforts to ensure that Syrian refugees are not resettled within the boundaries of our state.

Please respect our desire to do all we can to protect Wisconsin residents by honoring this request in recognition of the real threat facing our state and our nation.

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