Michigan Governor Bans Syrian Refugees from the State
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has shut the door on Syrian refugees. Over the weekend, in response to the violence in Paris, France, Snyder made the decision to shelve the state’s refugee program.
A press release issue by Snyder’s office on Sunday said that Michigan would no longer be allowing the entrance of Syrian nationals into the state until the federal government, specifically the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has had an opportunity to review its security procedures.
"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."
The governor’s comments contradict previous statements made earlier this year. Two months ago, Snyder said he was negotiating with the federal government to assist Syrians in escaping the madness of the Middle East by providing a place for “carefully screened” refugees to hide out. Hundreds of Syrians have since been resettled across the state.
However, the governor’s decision to pull the plug on the state's refugee program is expected to prevent thousands of Syrians from making their way into Michigan.
Many lawmakers have applauded Snyder’s evaluation of the potential threat of terrorism and believe he made the right choice in suspending relocation efforts.