Ducey joins other GOP governors in rejecting Syrian refugees

Ducey joins other GOP governors in rejecting Syrian refugees

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is joining a growing list of Republican governors calling for an immediate halt to the placement of any new refugees from the Middle East.

Monday‘s announcement from Ducey came three days after terrorists attacked multiple sites in Paris, killing 129 and wounding hundreds more.

Ducey says in a statement that he is invoking the state’s right under federal law to immediately consult with U.S. officials on any new refugee placements.

Ducey also wants Congress to change the law to give states more oversight over refugee placement. Ducey says national leaders must react to protect its citizens.

Millions of Syrians have fled their war-torn homeland this year and President Barack Obama’s administration has pledged to accept about 10,000 of them in the coming year.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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