Nov 16, 2015 6:28 PM

Gov. Hassan: US should delay taking Syrian refugees

CONCORD - Governor Maggie Hassan is among several political leaders who are calling for a halt on Syrian refugees coming to the U.S. following the attacks in Paris.

Her office sent the following statement to NH1 News:

"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.'

At least one of the attackers is from Syria, officials said.

Hassan's stance is similar to Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who says no refugees should be allowed into the country until the government can "100 percent guarantee" they are not affiliated with the Islamic State.

The fallout of the Paris attacks are hitting home for Nadia Alawa, who's husband is a Syrian-American. Alawa is the founder of NuDay Syria, a relief organization that delivers aid to women and children in Syrian refugee camps. While she's been watching the Syrian civil war escalate, she fears the Paris attacks will leave fewer options for citizens trying to flee the terrorist activity.

"We have to react toward the aggressors not innocent people who themselves are fleeing," Alawa said.

Approximately 1,500 Syrian refugees have entered the U.S. since the civil war began in 2011. President Obama said another 10,000 are expected next year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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