Monday Gov. Nathan Deal announced that, in the light of the Paris attacks, Georgia will not accept Syrian refugees. He called on the president to suspend the resettlement program in the United States. In a press release announcing his action, Deal said that since 2012, he has demanded that the federal government limit the number of refugees sent to Georgia. He has now issued an executive order announcing the state’s position on refugees.
“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,” Deal said in the release. “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.”
Read the executive order here.