Twenty-five Republican governors have vowed to block the entry of Syrian refugees into their states, saying the safety of Americans is at stake after the Paris attacks by terrorists including a man who entered Europe with a Syrian passport and posed as a migrant.
President Obama, who has been criticized sharply for what some describe as a “feckless” Syria policy, in the words of The Washington Post, has allowed for 10,000 Syrian refugees to resettle in the United States over the next year.
Nonprofit agencies that work with the federal government on resettlement say that while the cooperation of states and localities helps in the process, no governor can impede the movement of refugees once they have legal status.
Meanwhile, some Republican strategists are nervous about damaging the party’s brand with controversial comments, such as Donald Trump’s remark Monday that he would consider shutting down some mosques and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee’s call to “wake up and smell the falafel.”
Here’s a look at where some state governors stand, and the number of Syrian refugees who have arrived in each state since January, from The Associated Press.