(WTOL) - Friday's terror attacks in Paris have prompted governors of several states to close their borders to Syrian refugees, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.
The White House said Sunday that the US will still plan on allowing 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country over the next year, and President Obama has said that Americans have a "moral obligation" to help people who are also victims of terrorism.
"We do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence, and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism," he said, speaking at the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey.
Gov. Kasich issued a response Monday on Fox Business News:
Jim Lynch, Communications Director for Gov. Kasich's Office, also offered the following statement:
Neighboring state Michigan, which hosts one of the largest Arab-American populations in the country, will not be accepting any Syrian refugees until the US Department of Homeland Security fully reviews its procedures, said Gov. Snyder.
US Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) took a stance on the issue by posting on his Facebook page:
Speaking to CNN's State of the Union, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said that the US plan to settle displaced Syrians includes an extensive review process involving several agencies, and that vetting process could take 12-18 months.
"With respect to refugees, we have the most extensive security vetting that we have ever had to deal with Syrian refugees coming into the United States," Rhodes said to CNN. "Some of these people are people who have suffered the horrors of war. They're women. They're orphans."
After Friday's attacks in Paris, local, state and national leaders spoke out on how providing Syrian refugees a safe haven in the US may now present challenges in ensuring citizen safety.