From NPR: My primary responsibility is to keep the people of Michigan safe

November 20, 2015

Throughout its history, Michigan has been a welcoming place for immigrants to come and build new lives. That spirit is reflected across our state, but especially in the vibrant Middle Eastern community that has congregated in and around Detroit.

But the events of recent weeks, including the violence in Paris, Beirut and the skies over Egypt, remind us of the dangers our world faces from exremists who are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their methods of doing us harm.

Governor Snyder's primary responsibility is to keep the people of Michigan safe.

That is why the governor has asked to pause our efforts to bring more refugees to Michigan and requested the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to take a full review of the security clearances and procedures for all refugees who have the potential to be placed in Michigan.

Listen to Governor Snyder's interview with NPR above, where he further discusses his reasons for pausing efforts to place refugees in Michigan.


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