Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says he loves immigrants, but the safety of Michiganders comes first. That’s why Snyder is suspending Michigan’s Syrian refugee program until more stringent security measures are implemented.
Michigan has already accepted hundreds of refugees, but now that process has been stopped.
According to MLive.Com:
“Gov. Rick Snyder is putting his calls for the state to accept more Syrian refugees on hold in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris linked to ISIS.
Some Syrian refugees have already arrived in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder has been supportive of accepting more refugees, and as of late September was in discussions with the federal government about it.
“Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration. But our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents,” Snyder said. “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.”
The article notes Snyder is one of the most pro-immigration Governors in the country.
“Snyder has described himself as the most pro-immigration governor in the country. He established the Michigan Office for New Americans in 2014 and has been a longtime advocate of EB-5 visas, which provide a path to citizenship for those who invest at least $1 million and create 10 jobs in the United States. ”