Syrian Refugees Refused Relocation to Alabama
Governor Robert Bentley today signs an executive order directing all executive branch agencies to utilize all lawful means necessary to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the State of Alabama. Governor Robert Bentley on Sunday refused Syrian refugees relocating to Alabama because of the attacks in Paris. Alabama currently has one U.S. State Department approved refugee processing center in Mobile. There have been no Syrian refugees relocated in Alabama to date, though neighboring states have processed a number of refugees. Bentley released a statement which says:
“After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the US Refugee Admissions Program. As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way…”
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is working diligently with the FBI, DHS and federal intelligence partners to monitor any possible threats. Law enforcement presence has been increased at major gathering events in Alabama to further insure the safety of citizens. To date, there have been no credible intelligence of any terrorist threats in Alabama. According to reports, 24 governors in the United States say that their state will not accept any refugees from Syria.