Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced in a statement Sunday night that he will not allow any Syrian refugee to relocate to his state in the wake of the deadly terror attack in France. At least 129 people were killed and hundreds wounded Friday after shooting and suicide bombing attacks in Paris.
Authorities said that Alabama officials are working with the FBI and federal intelligence to monitor any possible threats to the state. Security has also been beefed up at major events in Alabama.
“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. As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way,” Bentley said, in a statement.
In September, the Obama administration said that it was willing to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year as Europe faces a major refugee crisis from war-torn regions in the Middle East and Africa. Out of the approximately 2,000 Syrian refugees who have been resettled in the U.S. since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, none have been relocated to Alabama, according to the statement.