Michigan’s conservative Tea Party Gov. Rick Snyder (R) announced that his state is halting its efforts to settle refugees from Syria.
The Detroit Free Press reported that Snyder is responding to the horrifying attacks in Paris that killed more than 150 people and prompted France to declare its first nationwide state of emergency since 1945.
“Given the terrible situation in Paris, I’ve directed that we put on hold our efforts to accept new refugees until the U.S. Department of Homeland Security completes a full review of security clearances and procedures,” Snyder said in a statement on Sunday.
“Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration,” the statement continued. “But our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.”
News agencies have reported that a passport belonging to a Syrian refugee who passed through Greece earlier this year was found close to the body of one of the attackers in Friday’s melee of extremist violence.
On Saturday, Republican state Rep. Gary Glenn called on Snyder to halt Michigan’s efforts to settle refugees from Syria, who are fleeing that country’s civil war and its attendant devastation.
“We should not rush to offer an open door to the high-risk importation of individuals from a known hotbed of Islamic extremism,” said Glenn on Saturday.
The Free Press said that Dave Murray, a spokesman for Snyder’s office, explained that efforts to bring refugees to Michigan were contingent upon those refugees passing an extensive vetting process. Now, however, the program has been halted.
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