Alabama and Michigan to refuse Syrian refugees:
by M. Alex Johnson | Nov 16 2015, 8:09 am ET
No Syrian refugees have entered Alabama under federal refugee assistance rules, and Gov. Robert Bentley declared Sunday night that they never will on his watch.
Bentley cited Friday night’s “attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris” in promising that he would “oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama.”
“I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way,” he said.
I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way. We refuse Syrian refugees. https://t.co/HTpflJUiPc
— Gov. Robert Bentley (@GovernorBentley) November 16, 2015
Earlier Sunday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said his state was halting efforts to accept refugees from Syria. Snyder said Michigan is “proud of our rich history of immigration” but that the state’s “priority is protecting the safety of our residents,” NBC Chicago reported.
Count on the Obama Administration to try to use force to compel both states to accept the refugees, and actually try to channel more refugees to those states than originally planned, just to spite the people and the governors.