Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says no (for now) to Syrian Refugees

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Here is Governor Scott Walker’s released statement today on not accepting Syrian refugees:

In light of these horrific and tragic attacks, our first priority must be to protect our citizens.  Along with governors across the country, I have deep concerns about the Obama Administration’s plan to accept 10,000 or more Syrian refugees, especially given that one of the Paris attackers was reportedly a Syrian refugee.  In consultation with our Adjutant General, who also serves as my Homeland Security Advisor, it is clear that the influx of Syrian refugees poses a threat.

With this in mind, I am calling upon the President to immediately suspend the program pending a full review of its security and acceptance procedures.  The State of Wisconsin will not accept new Syrian refugees.

There may be those who will try to take advantage of the generosity of our country and the ability to move freely within our borders through this federal resettlement program, and we must ensure we are doing all we can to safeguard the security of Americans.

Furthermore, I am opposed to recently introduced legislation encouraging the state to accept Syrian refugees in Wisconsin.

The Associated Press says that it’s unclear whether governors can block the federal government from settling refugees here. However, there is certainly no requirement that the state has to cooperate, either. According to the Washington Post, 23 states have announced their intention not to accept any new refugees from Syria. That may force Congress to act, forcing Democrats in Congress to decide if they can absorb the political hit from placing communities in the United States at risk.

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