Governor John Kasich is the latest governor and Republican presidential candidate to come out against the resettlement of refugees in his state.
Kasich appeared on the Fox Business network Monday and argued that, for now, Syrian refugees shouldn’t enter the United States.
“There is no way that we can put any of our people at risk by bringing people in at this point,” Kasich said. “You ask the question—should anybody come in here before the end of the year? The answer to that should be no. We should not jeopardize our people. And so it’s not just an issue of the heart, it’s also an issue of the head.”
A spokesman for Kasich told USA Today:
The governor doesn’t believe the U.S. should accept additional Syrian refugees because security and safety issues cannot be adequately addressed,” said Jim Lynch, a spokesman for Kasich’s administration. “The governor is writing to the President to ask him to stop, and to ask him to stop resettling them in Ohio. We are also looking at what additional steps Ohio can take to stop resettlement of these refugees.
Kasich is just one of many U.S. governors who oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attack. The governors of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin say that they are against accepting refugees into their state because of the possibility that those with terrorist ties may pose as refugees.
Over 120 people were killed Friday in Paris. One of the attackers entered Paris by posing as a refugee, raising concern that other terrorists may enter the United States the same way.