Governor Bentley says Alabama will refuse Syrian refugees

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – Governor Robert Bentley announced Sunday evening that the state of Alabama will refuse Syrian refugees.

His press office issued a statement that reads in part:

“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.”

The statement also specifies that the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is working with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to monitor any possible threats.

According to the governor’s statement, security has also been ramped up at major gatherings to maintain public safety.

Alabama currently has a refugee processing center in Mobile, but the governor’s office says there have not been any Syrian refugees relocated to Alabama yet.

Bentley’s statement concludes:

“The acts of terror committed over the weekend are a tragic reminder to the world that evil exists and takes the form of terrorists who seek to destroy the basic freedoms we will always fight to preserve. I will not place Alabamians at even the slightest, possible risk of an attack on our people. Please continue to join me in praying for those who have suffered loss and for those who will never allow freedom to fade at the hands of terrorists.”