Jerry Brown

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
November 16, 2015

  • Statement comes after Paris violence prompts backlash
  • Numerous U.S. governors push back on resettlement plan
  • Brown pledges ‘everything in our power to protect the people of our state’

Breaking with other governors who have warned that admitting Syrian refugees would undermine American security, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday advocated preserving “America’s traditional role as a place of asylum” but stressed the need for thorough vetting.

Several U.S. governors have reacted to Friday’s deadly terror attacks in Paris by assailing President Barack Obama’s plan to have the U.S. absorb 10,000 Syrian war refugees over the course of the next year.

Some said they wanted to bar Syrians from settling in their states. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wrote in a letter to Obama that Texas “cannot participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees – any one of whom could be connected to terrorism – being resettled in Texas.”

“Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity,” wrote Abbott, a Republican. “As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril.”

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