UPDATE: On the same day Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said “…no, as of right now,” to accepting Syrian refugees, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy will wait and consult with Federal officials on the matter but pending the feds approval, is still willing to accept them, according to a spokesman. Governors across the country are taking another look at accepting the refugees in the wake of the deadly terrorists attacks in Paris.
At least 10 governors said Monday they would not accept any refugees.
Earlier statements on the refugee issue by the Malloy administration were very optimistic. Spokesman Devon Puglia said in September that the state would “celebrate” the chance to take in the refugees. “If the federal government and the President come up with a plan to take in these refugees, we would…welcome them in our state, in order to do our part to help ameliorate the crisis – it’s part of Connecticut’s values,” Puglia said.
Puglia says Malloy still has an eye toward acceptance. “Obviously in light of the tragedy in Paris, we have questions about the Department of Homeland Security’s screening measures for refugees entering our country. We are continuing to work with and await guidance from the appropriate federal agencies on screening measures that will be taken. With that said, if refugees – many who are children fleeing a horrific, war-torn country – seek and are granted asylum after a rigorous security process, we should and will welcome them in Connecticut,” he said.
The Paris attacks are a game changer across the world and across the nation. The moderate Republican Gov.Baker backed off allowing his state to accept refugees from Syria. “My view on this is the safety and security of the people of the Commonwealth of Mass. is my highest priority,” the Boston Globe reported. “So I would set the bar very high on this.”
Concerns about accepting Syrian refugees have been heightened since reports surfaced that one of the Paris terrorists had a Syrian passport, came through Greece and maybe have been embedded with refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war.