Deal orders: No Syrian refugees in Georgia

[private]Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Monday that bars any Syrian refugees from coming to the state and requires the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) to confirm that any Syrians who have already settled here “do not pose a public safety risk.”

He ordered all state agencies to “halt any involvement in accepting refugees from Syria for resettlement . . . until such time as Congress has approved of the new processes for accepting refugees from Syria.”

Deal also called on President Barack Obama to “place a moratorium on Syria refugee resettlement in the United States until the screening process can be thoroughly reevaluated, reexamined, and supported by Congress.”

The governor was reacting to terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday that resulted in the deaths of at least 129 people

“A series of synchronized terrorist attacks were carried out against the people of France and those attacks appear to be directly linked to the ongoing conflict in Syria,” Deal said in his executive order.

“The brazen nature of these terrorist attacks creates significant concern over refugees from Syria to the United States and, specifically, the state of Georgia,” Deal said.

Several other Republican governors issued similar orders Monday intended to prohibit the move of any Syrian refugees into their states.

Obama and his administration had planned to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States.

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