Michigan governor cites the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday for putting the brakes on refugee settlement efforts.
Written By Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau, 4:51 p.m. EST Nov. 15, 2015
LANSING — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he is suspending efforts to bring Syrian refugees to Michigan in light of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.
“Given the terrible situation in Paris, I’ve directed that we put on hold our efforts to accept new refugees until the U.S. Department of Homeland Security completes a full review of security clearances and procedures,” Snyder said in a statement released by his office on Sunday.
“Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration,” the statement said. “But our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.”