PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is joining a growing list of Republican governors calling for an immediate halt to the placement of any new refugees from the Middle East.
Monday‘s announcement from Ducey came three days after terrorists attacked multiple sites in Paris, killing 129 and wounding hundreds more.
Ducey says in a statement that he is invoking the state’s right under federal law to immediately consult with U.S. officials on any new refugee placements.
Ducey also wants Congress to change the law to give states more oversight over refugee placement. Ducey says national leaders must react to protect its citizens.
Millions of Syrians have fled their war-torn homeland this year and President Barack Obama’s administration has pledged to accept about 10,000 of them in the coming year.
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