Governor of Alabama, Robert Bently has recently announced that he will not be accepting Syrian refugees moving in to Alabama State. Bently’s decision came after the terrorist attack in the French capital.
The US has been helping relocations of Syrian refugees through the US Refugee Admissions Program, encouraging every state to adopt to this program.
According to the US Department of State, the US Refugee Admissions Program reflects the United States’ highest values and aspirations to compassion, generosity and leadership. Since its formation in 1975, the US has welcomed over 3 million refugees from all over the world, living and building new lives in all 50 states.
However, after witnessing the horrific attack in Paris, Bently has taken great measures in maintaining the safety of his state by rejecting Syrian refugees.
As governor, Bently has perceived the danger that might transpire in Alabama, knowing that terrorists have greater chances of executing terror by coming in and faking as migrants or refugees. He says, “As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.”
While Bently has been strong in his commitment not to give access to Syrian refugees, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has worked diligently to monitor even the smallest possible threat, and has been in constant communication with other federal agencies. Reports show no credible intelligence of threats in Alabama.
The terrorism in Paris which killed 129 people has given France the legitimacy to mobilise attacks against Islamic State, says French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius.
President Hollande deemed the attack as an act of war, and vowed that France “will be merciless toward the barbarians of Islamic State group”, BBC reports.
The ISIS terror cannot be ignored, and each government authority has its own strategy. For Alabama, the first and immediate solution in defending the state was to refuse refugees.