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Nov 16, 2015 3:06 PM

Gov. Hassan says federal government should halt accepting Syrian refugees


CONCORD – Gov. Maggie Hassan has joined several other U.S. governors that are not supporting allowing Syrian refugees into their states.

The office of Gov. Maggie Hassan released the following statement on Monday.

'The Governor believes the federal government should halt acceptance of refugees from Syria until intelligence and defense officials can assure that the process for vetting all refugees, including those from Syria, is as strong as possible to ensure the safety of the American people.'

In September, NH1 News reached out to Gov. Hassan's office to ask about welcoming refugees into the Granite State, and the answer was very different.

At that time, Gov. Hassan's office stated:

"New Hampshire is a welcoming state with a long tradition of inclusiveness, and our state's diversity is critical to our vibrant communities, culture and high quality of life."

On Monday, Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker also expressed his opposition to allowing refugees into Mass. following the Paris terrorist attacks.

Authorities said a Syrian passport was found near one of the Paris attackers and the fingerprints from the attacker match those of a refugee that passed through Greece in October.

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