A prominent Republican in Tennessee said his state's national guard should "gather up" Syrian refugees and remove them from the state.

"We need to activate the Tennessee National Guard and stop them from coming in to the state by whatever means we can," said state Tennessee House GOP Caucus Chairman Glen Casada on Tuesday, according to the Tennessean.

"I'm not worried about what a bureaucrat in D.C. or an unelected judge thinks," he said. "We need to gather [Syrian refugees] up and politely take them back to the [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] center and say, 'They're not coming to Tennessee, they're yours.'"

Casada's remarks came on the same day that Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam sent a letter to President Obama formally asking him to suspend the process of placing refugees in the Volunteer State. Thirty of 1,601 refugees settled in Tennessee are of Syrian origin, according to the Tennessee Office for Refugees.

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