NEARLY 20 US Governors have announced that they would block the acceptance of thousands of migrants into their states, after at least two perpetrators of the Paris terrorist attacks were revealed to have entered France posing as refugees.
The terrorist attacks in France that killed at least 129 people and injured over 350 more came as Europe has been accepting hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing the violence in Syria. Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks on Friday.
Citing concerns that some of the attackers have posed as refugees to gain access to Europe, mostly Republican governors of at least 19 US states have said that they would do whatever they could to stop the relocation of Syrian refugees into their jurisdictions.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder had originally welcomed the proposal to locate refugees into his state, which already has a large Muslim population. After Friday’s attacks in Paris, however, he said his first priority was “protecting the safety” of Michigan residents until security procedures assessing incoming refugees have been fully reviewed at a federal level.
“Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration,” Snyder said in the statement. “But our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.”