More than a dozen US states shut doors to Syrian refugees
Nov 17, NY: More than half of the US states say no to Syrian refugees due to security fears after the Paris attacks. More Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan said that he was suspending the acceptance of new arrivals until after a review.
At least 26 states including Alabama, Texas and several other issued statements but a State Department spokesman said the legality of this action was still unclear.
Alabama and Georgia, to Texas and Arizona, to Michigan and Illinois, to Maine and New Hampshire states say no to refugees in the similar statement.
President Barack Obama has urged the US to "step up and do its part" to help those fleeing the civil war, BB news reported.
He said, "Our nations can welcome refugees who are desperately seeking safety and ensure our own security. We can and must do both."
The governors' decisions come in the wake of the attacks in Paris which killed 129 people on Friday evening.
Seven of the perpetrators died in the attacks, and one of them is thought to have been a Syrian who entered Europe via Greece with migrants.
Millions of Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries and to Europe, and the US has promised to take about 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next 12 months.
The Oslo Times