CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Governors of both North and South Carolina Monday joined other governors who are trying to stop Syrian refugees from being resettled in their states. Right now, 22 states are putting pressure on the federal government over this issue. The governors are saying that there just is not enough information about who these people are.
"The Paris attack shows there could be some possible problems in Europe and here in the United States-- since we've increased number of refugees from 2000 to 10,000," said Governor Pat McCrory.
Governor McCrory says from January of 2014 to October of this year, 59 Syrian refugees were resettled in North Carolina after being screened by the U.S. State Department. Just last week a Syrian family was resettled in Charlotte by the Catholic Diocese.
"Our resettlement office has over 15,000 people in our state who are resettled by our office from all over the world. The way it works for us-- from Syria or anywhere else-- the U.S State Department calls us and says, 'We have a family, can you meet them?' We don't get involved in the vetting process-- that's the State Department-- it takes a couple years for vetting," said spokesperson David Haines.
Governors say they want more information and more involvement.
"They come into the country with federal government approval, then they direct them to non-profits and there is no communication with state government," said Governor McCrory.
"In light of President Obama saying 10,00 more refuges are coming, finding out who they are and how that applies…" said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
Professor and Department of History Chair Jurgen Buchenau says on the contrary; the U.S. is very thorough.
"It's an authority of federal government to in-process arrivals from other countries-- constitution gives the Federal government that, not the states. I know a lot of Syrians don't have passports, the amount of data we would require of them, but I think this county is more thorough than most European countries. I think we have to be vigilant-- we don't want people in this country who have anything to do with ISIS, but I don't think those people in this refugee flow, frankly, are any more likely ISIS members than people who visit U.S. as tourists. "
The ACLU released the following statement Monday night:
"Some politicians have attempted to fabricate a link between the tragedy in Paris and the resettlement of Syrian refugees to the United States. Making policy based on this fear mongering is wrong for two reasons. It is factually wrong for blaming refugees for the very terror they are fleeing, and it is legally wrong because it violates our laws and the values on which our country was founded."