Heightened concerns front and center after ongoing terrorist attacks
Supplanting emotions with a healthy dose of judiciousness, Aldermen in the tiny rural town of Louise, Mississippi — with a population of about 200 — have decided to withdraw a resolution to open its doors to refugees.
By a vote of 3-1 on Wednesday, the officials reversed their original statement which said, “This town’s governing body fears no threat, but rather feels its Christian duty and obligation to divine providence which has led this great nation from its founding to contribute relief for these poor peoples’ needs.”
In November, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant joined this growing list of governors who have stated they will continue to oppose resettling Syrian refugees in their states, despite repeated assurances from the Obama administration that the resettlement program can be trusted. The governors’ announcements followed the terrorist attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead and hundreds wounded. Other attacks have followed, including ISIS-based carnage here on American soil.
The Clarion-Ledger quotes Bryant as saying he will do “everything humanly possible to stop any plans from the Obama Administration to put Syrian refugees in Mississippi.”
Although Obama plans to bring at least 10,000 Syrians to the United States in 2016, FBI director James Comey has told a House Committee on Homeland Security that the federal government does not have the ability to conduct thorough background checks on all of the Syrian refugees that the president says will be allowed to enter the U.S.
“If someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database,” Comey said, “we can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing show up because we have no record of them.”