Gov. Snyder Suspends Plans to Bring Syrian Refugees to Michigan
Governor Rick Snyder has said his administration is suspending efforts to bring Syrian refugees to Michigan.
The announcement comes after reports that one of the terrorists responsible for the attacks in Paris that left 129 dead and more than 350 injured, could have traveled through Europe undetected by posing as a Syrian refugee.
In a statement on Sunday, Snyder said "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. Given the terrible situation in Paris, I've directed that we put on hold our efforts to accept new refugees until the U.S. Department of Homeland Security completes a full review of security clearances and procedures." The Detroit News reports that about 4,000 refugees from war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa resettled in Michigan last year.
According to a spokesperson for the Governor, Snyder made the decision to halt the Syrian refugee initiative on Saturday.