Syrian Refugee Refusals

Syrian Refugee Refusals

We're adding stories to this report regarding the growing number of states and lawmakers who are pushing to prevent the Obama administration's plan to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees to the United States. This section primarily focuses on Alabama's actions, but includes reports from multiple sources, including Raycom Media, in an effort to centralize the developments across the nation. It will be updated with new reports as they become available.

REACTION: AL lawmakers weigh-in as House votes to curb refugee program
Alabama's U.S. lawmakers are beginning to weigh-in following a vote of the House of Representatives to curb the Obama administration's Syrian refugee resettlement plans.

U.S. House votes to curb Syrian refugees, snubs Obama veto threat
In a stinging rebuke to President Barack Obama by Republicans and Democrats, the House ignored a veto threat Thursday and overwhelmingly approved GOP legislation erecting fresh hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States.

Poll: Most Americans oppose Syrian refugees
A new Bloomberg poll shows most Americans side with Republicans in halting the program to accept Syrian refugees into the U.S.

How refugees are screened now, how the GOP would change that
The House will vote Thursday on a bill aimed at boosting screening of Syrian and Iraqi refugees before they enter the United States. President Barack Obama, who wants to allow 10,000 more Syrians into the U.S. this year, has threatened to veto it.

Honduras detains 5 Syrians headed to US with stolen passports
The five men arrived from Costa Rica and were trying to enter Guatemala so they could reach the U.S. via land.

House votes to curb Syrian refugees, snubs Obama veto threat
In a stinging rebuke to President Barack Obama by Republicans as well as members of his own party, the House ignored a veto threat Thursday and overwhelmingly approved Republican legislation erecting fresh hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States.

Bentley: White House gave few answers on vetting process of Syrian refugees
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he still has concerns about the vetting process of Syrian refugees despite a call with the White House.

Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge receives threats over Syrian refugee
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge has received threats because they help Syrian refugees resettling in Louisiana, according to an official at the organization.

White House holds call with 34 governors on Syrian refugees
The White House sought Tuesday to reassure U.S. governors concerned about accepting Syrian refugees following the attacks in Paris, explaining during a conference call how the refugees are screened and prioritized for entry.

When refugees arrive in US, here's what they can expect?
Refugees and migrants fleeing Syria and others countries often arrive in their new homes with little or nothing. Here's a look at what they can expect when they arrive in the U.S.

Syrian refugees: AL governor, 26 others say no
At least 27 governors are now on record opposing the Obama administration's plan to resettle 10,000 Syrians in the U.S. next year. All but one of those governors are Republican.

AL sends letter to President Obama refusing resettlement of Syrian refugees
The letter, sent Tuesday, urges the president to reconsider resettlement plans, stating there are growing concerns that the United States is not prepared to handle them. Read letter here.

Alabama lawmakers react to Syrian refugee resettlement program
"Are we really this naïve?" asked Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Dist 2). "This is not about keeping Syrians out of our state or even our country," Roby said. Read more of her, and other Alabama lawmakers' statements.

U.S. House speaker calls for 'pause' in Syrian refugees
"Our nation has always been welcoming but we cannot let terrorists take advantage of our compassion," Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters after a closed-door House GOP meeting.

Attorney General: 'Robust' US screening for Syrian refugees
Lynch appeared Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee for the first time since taking office in April. She said protecting the U.S. from the threat of the Islamic State and other terrorist groups is the Justice Department's top priority.

US refugee quandary: Immigrant legacy vs 9/11-era fears
The Paris attacks are rapidly weakening U.S. support for bringing in thousands more Syrian refugees, as pressure grows in Congress and the Republican presidential campaign to reverse course.

Experts say states lack legal authority to block refugees
Governors across the U.S. have threatened to stop accepting Syrian refugees following last week's attacks in Paris, even as experts counter they lack legal authority to block the relocations.

Wary governors halt, question plan to accept Syrian refugees
Here's a look at where some state governors stand.

Republican lawmakers may try to block Syrian refugee plan
Republican lawmakers said on Monday they will try to use must-pass government spending legislation to block President Barack Obama's plans to increase the flow of Syrian refugees into the U.S.

Carson: Congress should stop funding refugee resettlement
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is calling on Congress to withdraw funding to resettle Syrian refugees in the United States.

Syrian refugee policy takes focus in US 2016 politics
The debate, which cuts straight to the American identity as a refuge, on Monday ranged from whether to only admit Syrians who are Christian to whether to close some mosques.

Paris attacks deepen GOP opposition to Syrian refugee influx
"It's not that we don't want to, it's that we can't," Rubio said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "Because there's no way to background check someone that's coming from Syria. Who do you call and do a background check on them?"

Obama calls it shameful to impose religious test on refugees
President Barack Obama says it's wrong to equate attacks like those that happened in Paris with Islam. But he says the Muslim community needs to do more to make sure young people are "not infected" with the beliefs of extremists.

Alabama governor orders state agencies to block resettlement of Syrian refugees
One day after announcing he will not accept Syrian refugees into the state, Gov. Robert Bentley has signed an executive order directing state agencies to use "all lawful means necessary to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the State of Alabama."