Syrian refugees rest after crossing into Jordanian territory in the Roqban reception area, near the northeastern Jordanian border with Syria, and Iraq, near the town of Ruwaished, 240 km (149 miles) east of Amman. Cheap Jerseys from chinaThe commander of Jordan’s Border Guard told The Associated Press that 199 refugees crossed from Syria into Jordan on Thursday. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)A growing number of governors across the country are saying they will not allow thousands of refugees seeking sanctuary to relocate in their states in the wake of terror attacks in Paris.So far governors of at least 27 stateshave said they will not help harbor an estimated 10,000 Syrian refugees the Obama administration hopes to accept in the next few years.>> Read more trending storiesThese states say they will not welcome the refugees:Oregon Governor Kate Brown said her state would welcome Syrian refugees. John Hickenlooper saidColorado will not join states saying they won’t welcome Syrian refugees.”We will work with the federal government and Homeland Security to ensure the national verification processes for refugees are as stringent as possible,” he wrote in a statement. “We can protect our security and provide a place where the world’s most vulnerable can rebuild their lives.” Hawaii Governor David Ige said his state would welcome the refugees.”Hawaii is the Aloha State, known for its tradition of welcoming all people with tolerance and mutual respect,” Ige said. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said he won’t try to stop Syrian refugees from entering his state. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said the state would continue to accept refugees, but urged the Obama Administration to suspend the refugee acceptance program. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered his state’s refugee resettlement program not to accept any more Syrians, and some other Republican governors announced or suggested they were suspending cooperation with Washington on the program, at least until assured the newcomers were being vetted effectively for security risks. Among those governors were two other GOP presidential contenders, John Kasich of Ohio and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. Republican lawmakers called for suspension of the federal Syrian refugee program and threatened to try to stop it in legislation that must pass by Dec. 11 to keep the government running. New House Speaker Paul Ryan neither endorsed nor ruled out that course. Republican presidential candidates, already skeptical if not hostile to the refugee welcoming plan before the attacks, stepped up their rhetoric against it. should increase surveillance of mosques, consider closing any of them tied to radicals and be prepared to suspend some civil liberties. He’d been among the first to warn that the refugee crisis could represent a “Trojan horse” with terrorists infiltrating the ranks of innocent refugees. Calls by GOP rivals Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush to give preference to Christian refugees from Syria prompted a sharp rebuke from Obama. “Shameful,” he said. “We don’t have a religious test for our compassion.”At the heart of the debate is the Obama administration’s decision to raise the nation’s annual limit of 70,000 refugees by 10,000, with most of the new slots for Syrians, in the budget year that started Oct. 1.
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