Governor McCrory Joins 26 Governors In Calling On President Obama To Suspend Syrian Refugee Resettlement | Eastern North Carolina Now

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 Raleigh, N.C.     Governor Pat McCrory joined 26 other governors in a letter calling on President Barack Obama to cease the resettlement of additional Syrian refugees until the federal government thoroughly reviews the refugee background check process and address the security gaps acknowledged by FBI Director James Comey.

"Providing for the safety and security of our citizens is my number one priority." Governor McCrory said. "Asking for a thorough review of the refugee screening process, particularly in light of the Paris terrorist attacks, is prudent and a moral obligation I have to the people of North Carolina."

 During Congressional testimony earlier this year, Comey said various system inadequacies prevents the thorough vetting of the 10,000 refugees the Obama administration has pledged to admit into the United States.

 Citing those inadequacies, the governors wrote to the president, "In wake of this recent (Paris) tragedy, and until we can ensure the citizens of our states that an exhaustive review of all security measures has been completed and the necessary changes have been implemented, we respectfully request that you suspend all plans to resettle additional Syrian refugees."

 Joined by Governor McCrory in signing the letter to the president were the governors of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

 To view the letter, click here.

  • Contact: Crystal Feldman
  • govpress@nc.gov

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