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Gov. Ricketts Joins Letter to President Obama on Syrian Refugee Resettlement Security Concerns

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts sent a letter with 26 other governors calling for a review of security screening measures before resettling Syrian refugees in the United States.

A copy of the letter is attached and is excerpted below.

“As governors, we are charged with ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our citizens. In order to adequately fulfill this duty, we request that you immediately review the process by which you conduct background checks on all individuals applying for refugee status and address the gaps acknowledged by your director of the FBI.

“In the wake of this recent tragedy, and until we can ensure the citizens of our states that an exhaustive review of all security measures has been completed and the necessary changes have been implemented, we respectfully request that you suspend all plans to resettle additional Syrian refugees.”

Syrian Refugee Letter to President Obama