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Gov. Otter calls for halt to refugee resettlement effort

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Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter called on President Obama today to halt the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program until the vetting process for all foreigners crossing U.S. borders is fully reviewed and state concerns about the program are addressed. Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter called on President Obama today to halt the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program until the vetting process for all foreigners crossing U.S. borders is fully reviewed and state concerns about the program are addressed.
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On Monday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee released a statement saying Washington would welcome refugees from Syria. Across state lines, Idaho Governor Butch Otter called for President Obama to halt the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program. 

Otter said in a release on Monday the vetting process for all foreigners crossing U.S. borders needs to be fully reviewed and state concerns about the program need to be addressed. 

Inslee: Washington will welcome refugees

“It makes no sense under the best of circumstances for the United States to allow people into our country who have the avowed desire to harm our communities, our institutions and our people,” Governor Otter said. “The savage and senseless ISIS-driven attacks in Paris illustrate the essential inhumanity of terrorism and make it clearer than ever that we must make protecting our homeland from this threat our primary focus.”

“While I understand that immigration and refugee resettlement are authorized under federal law, I am duty-bound to do whatever I can to protect the people of Idaho from harm,” Governor Otter wrote. “Instead of Congress rubber-stamping this program each year, we ask that you and Congress work with states and governors to thoroughly review this process and how states are affected.” 

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