New Hampshire governor says no to Syrian refugees
There is a growing list of governors who are rebuking Barack Obama’s plan to bring in thousands of Syrian refugees since the terrorist attack in Paris, saying they will not allow them to be relocated in their states. But none is more surprising to me than New Hampshire.
New Hampshire’s Democratic governor, Maggie Hassan, has indicated that she believes Barack Obama should halt his plan to bring Syrian refugees into the United States. Here is more:
“The Governor believes the federal government should halt acceptance of refugees from Syria until intelligence and defense officials can assure that the process for vetting all refugees, including those from Syria, is as strong as possible to ensure the safety of the American people,” a statement read.
WMUR reported, “The governor said she and state emergency management officials are working with Homeland Security officials, the FBI and local police departments in taking necessary precautions to protect the safety of New Hampshire residents.”
Of course this could just be politically motivated: Maggie Hassan has nothing to lose and everything to gain because she is not running for reelection as governor but has decided instead to run for the United States Senate and will take on Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte in 2016.
She will be taking on a very weak Republican incumbent who has voted with the Democrats 60% of the time and she has made the political calculation that this could be an issue she can neutralize her opponent on at a time when people are questioning Barack Obama’s policy.
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