Governors, Valley lawmakers split on refugee policy

Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Nov. 10, 2015
John Kasich talks to reporters in the spin room after the Republican presidential debate at the Milwaukee Theatre, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Days after the terrorist attacks in France, governors across the United States have said they won’t allow Syrian refugees to seek asylum in certain states, including Ohio.

“These attacks really represent an attack on western civilization,” Ohio Governor John Kasich said.

The governors against refugees coming into their states have cited safety concerns.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has said he’d continue allowing refugees.

But, before any potential refugee has to go through a very strict vetting process: First, through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, then through several federal agencies.

If a refugee is granted asylum in the U.S., they are free to travel anywhere in the country, even if a governor says he doesn’t want them in their state.

Congressmen have showed their support and disapproval for governors in their home states.

Republican Congressman, Bill Johnson says he supports Governor Kasich, in part because of security and safety issues.

“It’s a real concern of mine. Most of those countries where those refugees are coming from, they don’t have the kinds of systems we have in America to vet the people trying to get out,” Johnson said.

Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan says he is disheartened by Governor Kasich and other leaders, saying they lack courage needed to stick to American values.

Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman Senator Robert Casey says we cannot turn our back on Syrian refugees.

One major thing that could have an impact on refugees entering certain states or the U.S. is if lawmakers decide to block funding for government agencies that help settle refugees.

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