Nov. 16, 2015
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RALEIGH – The head of the Civitas Institute today applauded Gov. Pat McCrory for asking President Obama and the federal government to stop sending Syrian refugees to North Carolina.
“The brutal murder of people in Paris reminds us that, sadly, terrorists can hide among the innocent,” Civitas President Francis De Luca said. “It is vital to halt the influx of Syrians and others from the Middle East until we can ensure none are threats to the people of North Carolina.”
At a Monday press conference, McCrory asked President Obama to “take a deep breath and ask, ‘Are all of the people coming from Syria safe?’ We cannot know that they are. Therefore, our top priority must be to protect the people of North Carolina.”
“As the governor noted, North Carolina has long welcomed refugees,” De Luca said. “This includes the Hmong of Southeast Asia and the Karen people of Burma. But under these special circumstances, it is imperative that we accept no more Middle Eastern refugees until we have better information about all the refugees and until the nation institutes security measures to prevent terrorists from hiding among immigrants and refugees.”
At least nine other governors by midday Monday had said they would take steps to prevent new Syrian refugees from entering their states, as a precaution against terrorists among them gaining entry to the country.
Civitas President Francis De Luca will be available for interviews. To arrange an interview, email Demi Dowdy at email@example.com or call 919.834.2099.
Founded in 2005, the Civitas Institute is a Raleigh, NC-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit policy organization committed to creating a North Carolina whose citizens enjoy liberty and prosperity derived from limited government, personal responsibility and civic engagement. To that end, Civitas develops and advocates for conservative policy solutions to improve the lives of all North Carolinians.