Governor: Mississippi won't be accepting Syrian refugees - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

  • Do you think Mississippi should accept Syrian refugees into the state?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Yes
    12%
    202 votes
    No
    88%
    1459 votes
breaking

Governor: Mississippi won't be accepting Syrian refugees

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) -

Gov. Phil Bryant said in statement Monday Mississippi will not accept any Syrian refugees following terror attacks in Paris on Nov. 13.

Bryant said: 

"I’m currently working with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and Mississippi Office of Homeland Security to determine the current status of any Syrian refugees that may be brought to our state in the near future. I will do everything humanly possible to stop any plans from the Obama administration to put Syrian refugees in Mississippi. The policy of bringing these individuals into the country is not only misguided, it is extremely dangerous. I’ll be notifying President Obama of my decision today to resist this potential action."

Bryant is one of more than a dozen governors hoping to bar Syrian refugees from his state. Louisiana has accepted 14 so far this year. However, Louisiana governor and Republican Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal issued an executive order Monday to prevent new refugees from resettling there.

President Obama said at the G20 Summit in Turkey Monday that shutting access to Syrian refugees doesn't equate to limiting terrorism.

"We do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence, and somehow, we start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism," Obama said.

In September, the White House announced plans to accept an additional 10,000 refugees from Syria to help Europe handle the influx of migrants. Mark Toner, spokesperson for U.S. State Department, says the department now has lawyers looking into whether it is legal for states to ban refugees.

"We remain steadfastly committed to the president's plan to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States in Fiscal year 2016," Toner said. "We think we can do this safely and in a way that represents the best of American values, which is accepting these people who are fleeing violence, many of them vulnerable many of them victims of this violence but in a way that ensures the safety and security of the American people."

According to the Migration Policy Institute, the refugee resettlement process takes 18 to 24 months of checks and screenings, compared to 4 months in Canada.

"We wouldn't, to be perfectly honest, try to increase the number of refugees if we couldn't ensure that they were safely vetted," Toner said.

Copyright WDAM 2015. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Hattiesburg Police PAL program aims to encourage children

    Hattiesburg Police PAL program aims to encourage children

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 10:55 PM EST2017-12-13 03:55:02 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    It was a gang related crime spree that spiraled out of control in Hattiesburg Monday. Now the councilman from that ward is speaking out. Hattiesburg's Ward 5 Councilman Nicholas Brown gave his thoughts about the acts of violence. While he hopes his words help curb the violence, WDAM goes inside the Hattiesburg Police Athletic League, to learn more about the program aimed at preventing future teens from going down a violent path. Councilman Nicholas Brown said, "I want to call ou...

    More >>

    It was a gang related crime spree that spiraled out of control in Hattiesburg Monday. Now the councilman from that ward is speaking out. Hattiesburg's Ward 5 Councilman Nicholas Brown gave his thoughts about the acts of violence. While he hopes his words help curb the violence, WDAM goes inside the Hattiesburg Police Athletic League, to learn more about the program aimed at preventing future teens from going down a violent path. Councilman Nicholas Brown said, "I want to call ou...

    More >>
  • Columbia businesses team up to decorate downtown for Christmas

    Columbia businesses team up to decorate downtown for Christmas

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 9:10 PM EST2017-12-13 02:10:40 GMT
    Columbia is shining a little brighter tonight thanks to a generous donation. It's starting to look a lot like Christmas in Columbia thanks to two businessman. One of those men, Nick Ingram, said it was all about Columbia. "Over the last 18 months or so, we've been working really hard to create opportunities for business owners to grow and to locate their businesses in downtown Columbia," Ingram said. One of the first things they did was a car show that was s...More >>
    Columbia is shining a little brighter tonight thanks to a generous donation. It's starting to look a lot like Christmas in Columbia thanks to two businessman. One of those men, Nick Ingram, said it was all about Columbia. "Over the last 18 months or so, we've been working really hard to create opportunities for business owners to grow and to locate their businesses in downtown Columbia," Ingram said. One of the first things they did was a car show that was s...More >>
  • 9th suspect arrested in gang-related triple shooting in Hattiesburg, charges added

    9th suspect arrested in gang-related triple shooting in Hattiesburg, charges added

Powered by Frankly