Lafourche Parish Council stands with Jindal on blocking refugees
LAFOURCHE PARISH - The Lafourche Parish Council is standing with the state congressional delegation and more than half of U.S. governors in asking the president to halt the acceptance of Syrian refugees into the country.
The council approved a resolution in a 6-3 vote Tuesday requesting that President Obama and Congress “not allow Syrian refugees in the state of Louisiana or any other state within the United States”
The Obama administration put forward a plan to accept about 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year. Last year, the U.S. accepted 1,682 refugees. 14 of those have come to Louisiana.
Opposition to accepting refugees has been driven by concerns tied to the Islamic State terrorist group that has claimed credit for recent attacks in Paris, responsible for the deaths of 129 people and wounding 350. Iraq and Syria continue to hemorrhage refugees as citizens try to escape the ISIS reign of terror.
Council members in Lafourche say they’re sensitive to the plight of these refugees, but they feel that the Obama administration has a lot of work to do in terms of strengthening the screening process ahead of allowing refugees into the country.
In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, the House voted 289-137 to bar refugees from Iraq and Syria while more strict entry restrictions are put into place. The House bill would require FBI background checks on refugees from those countries and require three top federal officials to certify that each refugee is safe.