Gov. McAuliffe won't ban Syrian refugees from VA

Published: Nov. 16, 2015 at 9:14 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2015 at 8:48 PM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is not joining the ranks of governors vowing to prevent Syrian refugees from entering the state.

While governors from Louisiana to Texas to Massachusetts have said no to the refugees, a spokesman for Gov. McAuliffe says "we have no changes in policy to announce at this time."

At least 28 Republican governors support the ban.

Gov. McAuliffe's office issued the following statement which emphasizes security and screening over a ban:

The Governor is following the tragic events in France and sends his deepest condolences to all people affected by those senseless acts of terrorism. Nothing is more important to the Governor and his team than keeping Virginians safe. He has asked Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and his team to maintain close contact with federal and local authorities in order to ensure that we are taking every step we can to protect our communities.

With respect to refugees, the Governor and his public safety team are in constant communication with federal authorities about all refugee resettlements, including those involving refugees from Syria. Every refugee who is settled in the U.S. undergoes intensive security screening, and the Governor has asked Secretary Moran to ensure that every proper precaution is taken to keep Virginians safe.

Former Lieutenant Gov. candidate Pete Snyder wrote a post on conservative blog Bearing Drift calling on McAuliffe to keep Syrian refugees out of Virginia.

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