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Branstad and other governors tell Obama to keep Syrian refugees out

This news story was published on November 21, 2015.
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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

DES MOINES – Gov. Branstad today joined twenty-seven other governors from around the United States in calling on President Obama to pause his plan to resettle Syrian refugees until further improvements can be made to the vetting process.

In the letter, the governors express serious concerns about recent comments made by Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey in which he admitted that the U.S. does not have the capacity to adequately screen all Syrian refugees who attempt to enter the U.S.


The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States The White House Washington, DC 20500
November 20, 2015

Dear Mr. President:

Our country has long served as a welcoming beacon to individuals and families who seek safety and refugee status within the borders of the United States. For years we have been proud to welcome refugees into our communities in their pursuit of a better life and future.

However, we are deeply concerned that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria may have exploited the generosity of the refugee system to carry out Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris. While the tragic event was a direct assault on the European Union’s refugee system, the potential for this situation to arise in the United States is escalated by information revealed by the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey. In testimony before Congress, he admitted to certain inadequacies in the system that would prevent the thorough vetting of the 10,000 refugees your administration has pledged to admit into the United States.

As governors, we are charged with ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our citizens. In order to adequately fulfill this duty, we request that you immediately review the process by which you conduct background checks on all individuals applying for refugee status and address the gaps acknowledged by your director of the FBI.

In the wake of this recent tragedy, and until we can ensure the citizens of our states that an exhaustive review of all security measures has been completed and the necessary changes have been implemented, we respectfully request that you suspend all plans to resettle additional Syrian refugees.

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7 Responses to Branstad and other governors tell Obama to keep Syrian refugees out

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    November 29, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Absolutely no one has a problem with helping women and children. They have huge refuge camps in Saudi Arabia that are empty. Send the refugees there. No one believes a word Obama says so we have no confidence that he can keep out terrorist (or, that he even wants to). So, keep them all out.

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    Reality Check Reply Report comment

    November 29, 2015 at 4:33 am

    The Statute of Liberty in Central Park has become a political joke. The tired and poor…homeless and helpless are no longer welcome. May God forgive us.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 29, 2015 at 5:36 am

      Statue of Liberty in Central Park?

      I think you mean the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.

      “Give me your tired, your poor,
      Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
      The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
      Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
      I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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    Eyeopener Reply Report comment

    November 29, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Branstad and other governors has finally taken off their hoods so everyone can see their faces. It’s OK to send military adviser and guns to disrupt their country but they cannot leave their homes and find a place where the guns are not shooting at them.

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    Frank Reply Report comment

    November 22, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Obama and the democrats will do anything to burn this country to the ground.

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    Just wondering...... Reply Report comment

    November 21, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Last week I read that 31 States were not going to let the refugees in. now it’s 28? I wonder if the few Democratic States changed their minds and went with Obama after all. Who changed their mind and why? Just wondering….

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      November 22, 2015 at 5:43 am

      The number of states that say they do not trust Obama to do what he says is 32. I don’t know where you got 28 but the math is wrong.