By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large
In the wake of the Paris attacks, U.S. governors are going on the record to declare that their states will not accept any Syrian refugees as a part of the ongoing migration crisis. Presently, governors of at least 24 states have said that no refugees will be accepted, and it is likely the list will grow in the coming days.
Since authorities have indicated that at least one of the suspects involved in the Paris attacks came to Europe as a part of the current surge of Syrian refugees to the continent, the matter of the Syrian migration has immediately turned from a discussion of humanitarianism…to one of national security…in the national dialogues of many nations around the world.
The issue has gained immediate, acute attention in the United States because of the Obama administration’s announcement in September that 10,000 Syrians will be allowed into the country in 2016. Since 2011, only 1,500 Syrian refugees have been permitted entry, up to this point.
Legally, states have no authority to dictate who can and cannot be allowed into the country, so, in one sense, the refusals may not carry much weight. However, as a practical matter, if states decide that they will not participate in the relocations of migrants within the U.S. to their states, the whole process of bringing refugees in the country may become very difficult for all concerned. It is likely, given the administration’s posture on all of this, as well as the obvious threats posed by radical Islam, that a showdown of epic proportions could be brewing between the White House and the governors of dozens of America’s commonwealths.