New York State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor issued a press release calling on Governor Cuomo to join other state governors in refusing to allow Syrian refugees to settle in their state.
“We can’t afford to settle refugees in New York or the United States, because proper vetting can’t be guaranteed,” said Lalor. “The House Homeland Security chairman has acknowledged that we can’t vet the refugees.”
In September, Homeland Security Program Director Steven MacMartin, issued a warning that it will be nearly impossible to prevent ISIS terrorists from being part of those coming into America with the Syrian refugees. By extension, it would be impossible to keep those ISIS members out of New York.
Lalor said that America should continue to send aid and supplies to refugees overseas – a humanitarian effort – but “there is nothing humanitarian about putting at risk the lives of Americans in general and New Yorkers in particular.”
He added that to do so after the attacks in Paris that involved at least one individual who entered France as a Syrian refugee would be “beyond gross negligence and the triumph of political correctness over reason and public safety.”
As of this writing, 11 states – Alabama, Michigan, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Indiana, Mississippi, Illinois, Massachusetts, Florida and North Carolina – have all announced that they will refuse to take Syrian refugees into their state.