COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Governors across the country are calling for the United States to stop accepting Syria refugees.
On Monday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined the push. Governor's office spokesman Jim Lynch told FOX 8 News the following:
“The governor doesn’t believe the U.S. should accept additional Syrian refugees because security and safety issues cannot be adequately addressed. The governor is writing to the President to ask him to stop, and to ask him to stop resettling them in Ohio. We are also looking at what additional steps Ohio can take to stop resettlement of these refugees.”
U.S. Senator Rob Portman issued his own statement on the issue, saying:
“To that end, I call on the Administration to immediately halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the United States until there has been a thorough review of DHS and State Department vetting procedures to ensure that no terrorists or individuals with links to Islamist extremist groups make it into the United States, as they have in France.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott took a more aggressive approach:
The outcry follows Friday's attacks in Paris, which left more than a hundred dead. France responded by launching an airstrike on Syria.
President Barack Obama defended his plan for ISIS during a G20 summit on Monday.