Colorado to Accept Syrian Refugees
Colorado will not join states where governors are asking to block the White House from sending them Syrian refugees in the wake of the terrorist attack on Paris Friday.
“A few short days ago we witnessed another senseless act of terrorism,” Hickenlooper said in statement. “Our hearts go out to the families, friends and loved ones of those lost and injured in Paris, and in other acts of terror around the world.
“Our first priority remains the safety of our residents. We will work with the federal government and Homeland Security to ensure the national verification processes for refugees are as stringent as possible. We can protect our security and provide a place where the world’s most vulnerable can rebuild their lives.”
The White House has estimated 10,000 that will relocated to the United States before 2017.
Monday governors in 15 states had blocked refugees: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is the only Democrat on the list.
President Obama on Monday denounced blocking refugees who are Muslim as “shameful” and a “betrayal of our values.”
Jonathan Lockwood, executive director of the conservative group Advancing Colorado, said that while Coloradans have “big hearts,” that must be balanced against the defense against terrorism.
“Our politicians have a duty to stand up for not only what is right, but what is safe and allowing potential terrorists into our neighborhoods is unwise and dangerous,” he said.