Growing number of states refuse Syrian refugees

A growing number of U.S. states are saying they either won't take in refugees from Syria, or are asking members of Congress to stop the Obama administration from placing refugees in their state.

As of Monday afternoon, the following states were opposed to taking refugees — most have Republican governors, although New Hampshire has a Democratic governor:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

In some cases, like Florida, governors were asking members of Congress to intervene because they don't have the legal authority to stop the Obama administration's placement of refugees.

"[I]t is our understanding that the state does not have the authority to prevent the federal government from funding the relocation of these Syrian refugees to Florida even without state support," Republican Gov. Rick Scott wrote.

In a statement, a spokesman for Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said the governor would be sending a letter to Obama asking him to stop resettling Syrians in the U.S.

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