Joining 11 other Republican governors today, Governor Nathan Deal has issued a statement indicating he will prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Georgia. From the governor’s press release:
In light of the terror attacks in Paris, I’ve issued an executive order directing state agency heads to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Georgia,” said Deal. “Further, I call upon the Obama administration to work with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security to confirm the backgrounds of the 59 Syrian refugees recently resettled to ensure they do not pose a security threat to our citizens. Until the federal government and Congress conducts a thorough review of current screening procedures and background checks, we will take every measure available to us at the state level to ensure the safety of Georgians.
Governor Deal’s letter to President Obama references the as-yet-unverified claim that one of the terrorists who attacked Paris on Friday entered the European Union as a Syrian refugee.
Last year Georgia resettled 2,694 refugees, 6 of whom hailed from Syria.