The Obama Administration is facing opposition to a November letter announcing that states do not have legal rights to refuse entry or deny benefits or services to Syrian refugees.
Governors in 31 states are protesting the federal governments forced admission of refugees to individual states. The majority of the opposing states haves Republican governors, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott who has been vocal about the safety of his citizens first.
When making his statement Abbott tweeted, “Texas will not accept any Syrian refugees & I demand the U.S. act similarly. Security comes first.”
In the wake of the Brussels and Paris terrorist attacks, issues surrounding the refugee crisis are becoming increasingly divisive. Authorities believe that the suspects involved in the Paris attacks had entered Europe as Syrian refugees through Greece under a false name.
In order to combat the issue of Middle Eastern terrorism flooding Western countries it must be admitted by Western governments that radicals are coming across borders as refugees.
If the U.S. ignores this fact, the county will be in danger and will see the same problems with terror that Europe has been facing in recent months. Proper vetting is not being practiced, and with the numbers of refugees flooding into western cultures, it could be argued that proper vetting of the high numbers of migrants from Syria is impossible.
At this stage states cannot stop legally stop the federal government from bringing refugees to the U.S. or to state borders. What state leaders can do is make it more difficult for refugees to enter. However funding remains an issue, as opposing governors may be forced to strain state budgets to attempt a stronger vetting system to protect their citizens.
The states involved in this movement are taking a historical stand against the Obama Administration’s agenda of flooding the U.S. with refugees without heeding warning from Europe.
When Donald Trump is in office these 31 brave governors will get the support they deserve. As Governor Abbott said, the safety of American citizens must come first!