Less than a week after the Islamic State’s attack on Paris and the discovery that one of the attackers carried a fake Syrian passport during the incident, more than half of the nation’s governors have announced that their states won’t accept any Syrian refugees.
President Obama had announced in September, as the conflict in Syria worsened and the volume of refugee families rose dramatically, that the United States would accept 10,000 of those refugees. They, like the approximately 70,000 other refugees the United States already planned to take in this year, undergo a lengthy screening process designed to check for terrorism and national security risks before they are offered admission. Once here, federal agencies with the help of regional nonprofit organizations will have to integrate these future Americans into one of several dozen local communities across the United States.
But now the announcements by state and local officials raise two related questions: (1) can states limit the federal government’s resettlement of refugees, and (2) what are the likely political causes and effects of these refusals? Quite clearly, the answer to the first question is no. Despite the governors’ forceful rhetoric, states cannot reject Obama’s refugee policies. What they can do, however, is complicate the process of placing and integrating Syrians.
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