Connecticut Legislative Republicans Issue Letter Opposing Governor’s Position on Syrian Refugees


by Sharon Rondeau

(Nov. 17, 2015) — As reported on Monday and Tuesday, Connecticut’s governor, Dannel P. Malloy, said on Monday that the state would continue to accept any Syrian refugees designated for resettlement through federal programs despite concerns about terrorists who might pose as refugees in order to gain entry and harm Americans.

At least one terrorist responsible for the carnage in Paris on Friday is said to have assumed the identity of a Syrian refugee.

Connecticut’s legislative Republicans had expressed concern over whether or not adequate vetting is conducted on the refugees.

FBI Director James B. Comey, III has said that adequate screening is not possible on individuals from the war-torn Middle East.

Late Tuesday afternoon, The Post & Email received a letter from a state legislative staffer directed to Malloy and Connecticut’s seven congressional representatives.

The letter is signed by House Republican Leader Themis Klarides and Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano.

Connecticut’s congressional delegation comprises only Democrats.  Malloy is also a Democrat.

Malloy is one of only a few governors who have defended the resettlement program in the wake of fears of a terrorist attack similar to that which occurred in France, as the terrorist group ISIS has threatened.  “”The security work is being done … and I think the people who are coming here are political refugees as opposed to the folks who kind of, have gotten to Europe,” Malloy said, as reported by NBC News.

Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported by multiple outlets that the number of governors stating that they will not take any Syrian refugees in the immediate future was 26; by late Tuesday afternoon, that number had grown to 33, according to Fox News.

Obama will reportedly be conducting a conference call with governors on Tuesday evening about the plans to resettle Syrian refugees in the U.S.