Ducey to join White House call on Syrian refugees

Ducey to join White House call on Syrian refugees

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans to participate with other governors in a White House briefing on the Syrian refugee situation.

Ducey is among a long list of governors calling for an immediate halt to the placement of any new refugees in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris.

Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato says the governors will be briefed by senior administration officials Tuesday afternoon.

The Republican governor called on the federal government to consult with Arizona officials on any new refugee placements. The U.S. State Department says Arizona has received 153 Syrian refugees so far this year.

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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