Despite Security Concerns, Detroit Mayor Duggan Defies Governor Snyder, Welcomes Syrian Refugees

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

Despite strong security concerns from “the most pro-immigration Governor” in the country, Michigan’s Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says his city will welcome Syrian refugees with open arms.

Duggan says “the D” will house at least 50 refugee families over the next three years…

According to the Detroit Free Press:

“Amid growing opposition from Republicans, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said today that he welcomes refugees to Detroit and is confident in the vetting process to screen out potential security threats.

“Detroit is a welcoming community and it’s welcoming refugees, whether they come from Africa or Iraq or Syria,” Duggan said.

“We’ll fight the terrorists but provide refuge to their victims. That’s what this country is all about. …We’ll do our fair share.”

Duggan spoke on a conference call organized by the White House that also featured Madeline Albright, a former Secretary of State, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, and the mayor of Austin, Texas.

The speakers sought to push back against criticism from Republicans over the past week that bringing in Syrian refugees poses security threats. Gov. Rick Snyder was the first governor to publicly raise security questions about bringing in Syrian refugees. Since his announcement on Nov. 15, 30 other governors have voiced concerns.”