Georgia Gov. Says State Will Not Accept Syrian Refugees

Nathan Deal
Posted at 3:54 PM, Nov 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-16 10:58:45-05

ATLANTA, GA (WTXL) -- Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is joining several other governors saying that Georgia will not accept Syrian refugees.

“In light of the terror attacks in Paris, I’ve issued an executive order directing state agency heads to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Georgia,” said Deal. "Further, I call upon the Obama administration to work with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security to confirm the backgrounds of the 59 Syrian refugees recently resettled to ensure they do not pose a security threat to our citizens. Until the federal government and Congress conduct a thorough review of current screening procedures and background checks, we will take every measure available to us at the state level to safeguard the safety of Georgians.”

Read the executive order here. Deal’s letter to President Obama is attached.