Governors call on Obama to turn away Syrian refugees

At least 11 state governors have declared their opposition to allowing Syrian refugees into their state in the wake of the Paris attacks.

“I urge you, as president, to halt your plans to allow Syrians to be resettled anywhere in the United States,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrote in a letter Monday. “Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity. As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril.”

Louisiana Governor and Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal has ordered his state agencies to not cooperate with any federal agency trying to settle Syrian refugees in his state.

The Obama Administration has pledged to welcome 10, 000 refugees into the U.S.. 2, 150 have already entered the United States since 2011.

The amount of refugees that the Obama Administration has pledged to accept is less than a drop in the bucket. It is a token amount, almost insulting to countries in the rest of the world that has accepted twice as much, or even nearly tenfold.

Since September Germany has accepted over 90, 000 Syrian refugees, and Canada plans to accept 25, 000 before the end of this year.


In this situation humanitarian interests and empathy must be balanced with security, but fear and security must not become an excuse to do nothing.

American foreign policy, and American military intervention helped leave these refugees destitute and without a country. It would be irresponsible, heartless and un-American to refuse to do our part to fix this problem we helped to create.


[New York Times] [USA Today] [The Associated Press]


  1. Gareth Brody

    It’s certainly worth noting, while glossed over in most media, the father of that pictured dead toddler let his wife and son drown while he somehow saved himself and is living large on the dole in the EU now.

    These able bodied military age Muslims won’t fight for their countries, won’t sacrifice themselves to save their own families either in their hometowns or in transit to their welfare utopian playground, and somehow we are supposed to pity them?

    Every Syrian male who ends up in France should be impressed into the Foreign Legion and sent BACK to do the work their self-centered opportunistic cowardice prevented them from doing in the first place.

    I think that France could stem the flow of migrants if all males aged 40 and below had to do service time.

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