ACLU Speaks Out Against Branstad's Syrian Refugee Statement

Affiliate: ACLU of Iowa
November 17, 2015 11:15 am

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Jeremy Rosen, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, has made the following statement in response to Gov. Terry Branstad’s statement today that he will order a halt to Syrian refugee resettlements by Iowa state agencies.

“We are deeply disappointed by today’s decision by Governor Branstad that Iowa state agencies must stop any efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in our state. This decision is both morally and legally wrong. These refugees are fleeing terrorism in their home country. Politicians should not falsely link the tragedy in Paris with the settlement of Syrian refugees in the United States. Iowans are welcoming people who understand our moral obligation to help people in need. The governor should allow the people of our state to continue showing that compassion.

In addition the governor has no authority over refugee resettlement; only the President or other federal officials can make a decision of this nature. We call on Governor Branstad to reconsider this rash decision, and to stop engaging in fear-mongering.”

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