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Governor Branstad orders halt to Syrian refugee resettlements by state agencies


This news story was published on November 16, 2015.
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Governor in uniform

Governor in uniform

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Terry Branstad ordered all state agencies to halt any work on Syrian refugee resettlements immediately in order to ensure the security and safety of Iowans. In light of the Paris attacks, resettlement of Syrian refugees in Iowa should cease until a thorough review of the process can be conducted by the U.S. intelligence community and the safety of Iowans can be assured.

It has been publicly reported that the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has expressed concern over the ability of the Islamic State to “infiltrate waves of Syrian war refugees flowing into Europe and potentially the United States.”

Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees

In the past, the federal government has failed to be forthcoming and transparent with information on refugee resettlement and immigration issues. Openness and transparency on resettlement is paramount to the safety of Iowans. The federal government must assure that refugees have been properly screened and security protocols have been taken before being allowed in the United States.

“We have welcomed refugees from around the world into Iowa. We must continue to have compassion for others but we must also maintain the safety of Iowans and the security of our state,” said Branstad. “Until a thorough and thoughtful review is conducted by the intelligence community and the safety of Iowans can be assured, the federal government should not resettle any Syrian refugees in Iowa.”

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19 Responses to Governor Branstad orders halt to Syrian refugee resettlements by state agencies

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 18, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Federal laws passed in the 1980s and 2004 gives Federal gov. authority to override states on immigration policies. NWO

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      November 18, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Doesn’t mean a thing. Congress is going to defund the program.

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        David Reply Report comment

        November 18, 2015 at 10:25 am

        The majority of congress is bought and paid for, they will do as they are told.

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    Reality Check Reply Report comment

    November 18, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Next the Gov will dress up like a cop to prove some other silly point.

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      November 18, 2015 at 10:04 am

      We heard you used to dress up funny too.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 17, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Eyes not so open as mouth -We the law abiding citizens of Iowa do not want the enemy in our back yard you moron.

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    Nada Racist Reply Report comment

    November 17, 2015 at 2:29 pm

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      Allen Reply Report comment

      November 17, 2015 at 5:01 pm

      Other then red and white print, do you have any proof

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      Allen Reply Report comment

      November 17, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      You can be sure, that when the gates are open, the vermin will come in. These people will stop at nothing to destroy this country. Terrorists acts and ambushes are almost impossible to prevent.

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    Eyeopener Reply Report comment

    November 17, 2015 at 11:22 am

    He does it again shows the racist face of Iowa. We don’t want any non European people in our state.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 17, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Reality was once a pubic servant – fat cat with no common sense.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 17, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I think Branstad has been good for Iowa – as for being cautious about our enemy this shows leadership – something obammer does not. President TRUMP will be on his side in 2017. As for you other morons – invite the enemy into your house for he is not welcome in mine.

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    Reality Check Reply Report comment

    November 17, 2015 at 3:52 am

    What the heck is with the uniform Gov?? Halloween is over so why the costume? Do you assume that Iowans are as stupid as you and require the theatrics to make your point? Next time just drape yourself in the American Flag and ride a pony down Interstate 35.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 16, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    If he is wearing a uniform, he should obey his superior officers.

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      David Reply Report comment

      November 17, 2015 at 8:21 am

      As a soldier we are taught that if the orders we receive go along with the constitution then we obey those orders but if the orders do not follow the constitution then we should not follow those orders, but you have to be sure because if you think they do not follow the constitution but it actually does and you refuse to obey the orders you could be court martial-ed.

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      November 17, 2015 at 9:11 am

      There is nothing superior about Obummer. He is a traitor to his country and a coward. If you want to take care of someone start with the 50,000 homeless vets and then bring in the persecuted Christians who have been being killed for years by those Muslim Savages.

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    Recruiting Liberals Reply Report comment

    November 16, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    WORST GOVERNOR EVER!

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      November 17, 2015 at 9:13 am

      He is by far the BEST governor we have ever had. It is proven by the number of times he has been re-elected. No libraterd has even come close to defeating him.

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    Just wondering...... Reply Report comment

    November 16, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Amen!!!!!