On Sunday, the governors of Alabama and Michigan announced that they would suspend the relocation of Syrian refugees to their states.
“Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration,” Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said in a statement. “But our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.”
Over the past year, the Department of Homeland Security has helped to resettle about 200 Syrian refugees in Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reports. Altogether, between 1,800 and 2,000 refugees, mostly from Iraq, have been resettled there in the past year. In September, the Obama administration announced a plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016.
“After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program,” Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said later on Sunday. “As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.”