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Republicans write letter to Malloy, federal delegation on accepting Syrian refugees in CT

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Connecticut Republican leaders sent letters to the governor and the Connecticut federal delegation on the state accepting Syrian refugees.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he will grant asylum for Syrian refugees

"Women were kidnapped and sold into slavery and impregnated or otherwise raped we're going to deny those folks,” Malloy said.

More than 30 state governors have publicly opposed the policy

In Connecticut, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano stated that they believed in supporting “humanitarian aid and welcoming refugees from around the world.”

However, they said though they felt the governor’s decision was “well intentioned,” it “could potentially threaten the security of our residents.”

“Ensuring the safety of our citizens is a fundamental responsibility of our state and federal government. Given the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, we must be on heightened alert and give extra scrutiny to refugees coming into the United States,” Klarides and Fasano wrote.

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They added that “more answers” are needed and that states and the federal government “must proceed with extreme caution.”

“We have already received countless phone calls and emails from residents asking us to investigate further before hasty decisions are made,” Klarides and Fasano wrote.

Klarides and Fasano questioned if there is an assurance that “extensive background checks” are being conducted and want to make sure the “people coming to Connecticut do not wish to cause harm to our residents.” Until the process is confirmed, then Klarides and Fasano said the state “should not grant entry.”

Malloy previously stated the security process is 12 to 18 months for a refugee to be accepted in United States.

“Eight suspects in France. Seven of them were citizens of Belgium and France. One of them was perhaps from another country so should we bar Frenchman? Should we bar people from Belgium,” Malloy told Eyewitness News on Monday.

Klarides and Fasano asked who is responsible for paying for the related costs.

“If the state is responsible, how will the state pay for the refugees to live here given our budget deficits? Will this be a permanent cost to the state? Where will they live,” Klarides and Fasano wrote.

Since January approximately 10 refugees have arrived in the state.

To read the full letter, click here

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