Gov. Bentley Files Federal Lawsuit over Refugees Coming to AL
Governor Bentley says he is filing the lawsuit because the federal government is not following the Refugee Act of 1980. This Act specifically requires the federal government to consult with the state before refugees are placed within its borders.
Governor Robert Bentley announces he is suing the federal government. He says he wrote letters to The White House on three separate occasions asking about the Refugee Reception Program and never got a response.
Now he’s calling on the courts to help fix the system.
“Their process needs to be revamped. That’s what we are trying to get done. We are trying to get them to redo the process. We’re not against people, we’re not even against refugees, this is about a process that is flawed and archaic and the U.S. needs to revisit this,” said Go. Bentley.
Governor Bentley says it is his job to protect the people of the state of Alabama. And having refugees without proper vetting poses a security risk for residents here.
Those we talked to agree with the governor.
Tracey McLaughlin tells us, “I’m not in favor of it. I don’t think we have proper vetting process in place. And until we do, I don’t see how we can. I worry for my children.”
Leroy Martin says he has his own concerns about refugees.
“Terrorists. Things happening. Look at places like what happened in New York and all that, you know,” said Martin.
“Blowing up things, shooting up people. I don’t think it’s a good idea for them to come into the U.S.,” said Joseph Forester.
The Governor says he wants Alabama to be included in the refugee reception process so we know who is coming into the state and can keep it safe.
“We are not against Syrian refugees, we are against any refugee because we don’t know who they are, where they are coming from, where they go,” said Gov. Bentley.
Gov. Bentley says the refugees would have to meet certain criteria including providing medical history and records that they pose no security risk.