Georgia Will Not Accept Syrian Refugees

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday afternoon that Georgia would join a growing list of states that are not accepting Syrian refugees on the heels of last Friday’s attack of Paris by Islamic State terrorists.

“In light of the terror attacks in Paris, I’ve issued an executive order directing state agency heads to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Georgia,” Deal said. Further, I call on the Obama Administration to work with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security to confirm the backgrounds of the 59 Syrian refugees recently resettled to ensure they do not pose a security threat to our citizens.Until the federal government and Congress conduct a thorough review of current screening procedures and background checks, we will take every measure available to us at the state level to safeguard the safety of Georgians.”

More than a dozen other states announced that they also would refuse resettlement of Syrian refugees, while only Pennsylvania had come out in support of the resettlement efforts by late Monday afternoon, encouraging their resettlement in that state.

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