Only in Illinois (11-20-2015) [Video]

from Reboot Illinois

This week Gov. Bruce Rauner was part of a wave of governors who announced their states were suspending acceptance of Syrian refugees in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. Unfortunately for the governors, they have no authority to do so. Refugee and immigration policy is the exclusive province of the federal government. They’re not helpless here, however. Governors do have authority to make their states inhospitable to refugees. Whether and how Rauner plans to do that is our topic on this week’s “Only in Illinois.”

Governor Suspends Syrian Refugee Relocation To Illinois

from the First Electric Newspaper

Three days after deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday that Illinois will temporarily stop accepting new Syrian refugees. He joined 25 Republican governors, including those in Massachusetts and Texas who’ve vowed to block the entry of Syrians into their states.

French authorities believe at least one of the Paris attackers entered France with other refugees from Syria. “Our nation and our state have a shared history of providing safe haven for those displaced by conflict, but the news surrounding the Paris terror attacks reminds us all of the all-too-real security threats facing America,” Rauner said in a statement Monday. “We must find a way to balance our tradition as a state welcoming refugees while ensuring the safety and security of our citizens.”