With the announcement of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy that he intends to receive 1,500 refugees fleeing violence in Syria, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) have called for a reversal of that decision in consideration of public safety concerns. Noting the inability of the state to properly screen these incoming refugees, and the heightened security concerns raised by Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, France, they say it is unwise for Connecticut to accept the refugees at this time.
“While we have great compassion for the refugees, most of whom are displaced families fleeing a war-torn region, the safety of American citizens must be paramount,” said Rep. Perillo. “It has been confirmed that at least one and maybe more of the ISIS terrorists who perpetrated the cowardly atrocities in Paris last week posed as refugees to access Europe, then France. Our state does not have the capacity to evaluate the veracity of who they claim they are, or determine if they have no criminal history or have contagious disease. Federal immigration policy must be upheld to determine that. We should exercise great caution, and always err on the side of public safety.”