The horrific terrorist attacks in Paris shocked the world. After the attacks, France declared a state of emergency and sealed their borders. It was then revealed that at least one of the terrorists entered France amongst the wave of Syrian refugees.
While you can’t judge an entire group of people by the actions of a few, the brutal and callous attacks on innocent citizens should give every government official pause when considering to accept large quantities of refugees.
According to Fox news, that is exactly what is happening in Alabama and Michigan. Both states publicly stated that they will not resettle any Syrian refugees in their states.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder oversees a large population of Arab-Americans in his state and he didn’t arrive at his decision lightly. “Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration, but our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents,” Snyder said. “It’s also important to remember that these attacks are the efforts of extremists and do not reflect the peaceful ways of people of Middle Eastern descent here and around the world.”
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley came to his decision after considering the terrorist attacks and the citizens he presides over. “I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.”
Do you agree with both Governors actions?