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Missouri governor calls for safeguards after Paris attacks, will not block refugees

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during a news conference in his office following the end of the legislative session Friday, May 15, 2015, in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during a news conference in his office following the end of the legislative session Friday, May 15, 2015, in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP and KMOV.com) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says it's up to the federal government to screen refugees and is calling for safeguards following deadly terror attacks in Paris.

However, the Democrat said Tuesday he would not block Syrian refugees from settling in Missouri. 

"We have Syrian refugees here, they've gone through a very significant vetting process and as long as that vetting process to stay strong, then I think they should be welcome," Nixon said. "You don't have to go back very many generations. All of us can go back in our lineage to an ancestor that made a decision to leave where they were to come to what they thought was a better place."

Three Republican candidates for governor want Nixon to do so, citing safety concerns.Those candidates are suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner, former state House speaker and U.S. attorney Catherine Hanaway and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

18 Republican state senators urge the governor to suspend the relocation program, like Senator Ron Richard, R-Joplin.

"The State of Missouri will not be forced to make up for this administration's mishandling of America's foreign policy," said Richard. "We will not idly stand by while our citizens are put in harm's way. We call upon our governor to do his duty and protect the safety and well-being of the citizens of the Show-Me State by opposing this misguided plan."

State Rep. Moon-R, from southwest Missouri, is calling for a special legislation that would block Nixon from allowing Syrian refugees in the state.

Yet, the president and CEO of the U.S Committee for Refugees and Immigration says under the Refugee Act of 1980 governors cannot legally block refugees.

"We will always remember we are a nation of immigrants, and we are willing to welcome those who come to seek better lives for themselves and their families through legal channels," said Richard. "But, we cannot allow poorly vetted individuals to come to our state without an in-depth screening process. I urge the governor to suspend the acceptance of Syrian refugees until the Department of Homeland Security can assure us the procedures are safe and a full review of security threats has been completed."

Nixon also said any action regarding refugees must be done at the federal level. 


 

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