Idaho Gov Says He’s Refusing Refugees, Wife Admits On Facebook He Really Won’t
A total of 27 state governors have declared they will not cooperate with the federal government’s Syrian refugee settlement program, but the wife of one of the governors thinks that her husband is just grandstanding.
Idaho Gov. C. L. Otter issued a statement Monday asking President Barack Obama to halt the refugee settlement program, at least until there’s a much more serious vetting process in place to screen out terrorists.
“While I understand that immigration and refugee resettlement are authorized under federal law, I am duty-bound to do whatever I can to protect the people of Idaho from harm,” Otter wrote in a letter. “Instead of Congress rubber-stamping this program each year, we ask that you and Congress work with states and governors to thoroughly review this process and how states are affected.”
Nevertheless, Otter pledged to “use any legal means available to me to protect the citizens I serve.”
His wife, Lori Otter, thinks Otter’s move is just political grandstanding. In response to a comment on Facebook, Lori wrote that, “[T]he situation is a federal one and no amount of grandstanding by a governor is going to change that.”
“People need reassurance and a paper bag to breath into,” Lori added. “They are concerned and scared.”