Michael Moore writes to Michigan governor, offers to house Syrian refugees

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Film director and Michigan resident Michael Moore posted an open letter to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) criticizing his stance for putting a temporary hold on the placement of Syrian refugees in his state, and offering to put up a Syrian refugee couple himself.

"I just wanted to let you know that, contrary to your declaration of denying Syrian refugees a home in our state of Michigan, I myself am going to defy your ban and will offer MY home in Traverse City, Michigan, to those very Syrian refugees you've decided to keep out," Moore wrote. "I will contact the State Department to let them know I am happy to provide a safe haven to any Syrian refugee couple approved by the Obama administration's vetting procedures in which I have full faith and trust."

In response to Moore's letter, Snyder's press secretary Sara Wurfel told FOX411: "It’s unfortunate that Governor’s position is being misrepresented. Gov. Snyder has been a vocal advocate for continuing to make Michigan a home and welcoming state for immigrants, including refugees escaping violence and oppression from all corners of the world. He is just asking for a thorough review of security clearances and procedures to ensure that he can also fulfill a primary responsibility of keeping Michiganders safe."

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry sent on Nov. 16, Snyder said he wanted a "full review of security clearances and procedures for all refugees who have the potential to be placed in Michigan."

Snyder is not alone asking for the U.S. refugee program to be suspended. State leaders from New Mexico to Michigan have asked President Obama to suspend the refugee program — at least temporarily.

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