Lenny Curry urges caution on Syrian refugees

Mayor Lenny Curry

In Tuesday letters to U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, and U.S. Reps. Ander Crenshaw and Corrine Brown, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry urges caution on allowing Syrian refugees to enter the state in the wake of the Paris attacks.

“In the aftermath of this weekend’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris,” Curry writes, “I am more committed than ever to do everything I can to eliminate threats to our city’s safety.”

Curry notes that “at least one of the eight terrorists who conducted the attacks entered Europe with a special passport as a refugee of Syria. In light of this, I am very concerned about the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.”

Curry contends that “we cannot allow those who would do us harm to use our principles and beliefs as a weakness to exploit, particularly when those who claim credit for the Paris attacks have promised attacks on United States soil.” He joins Florida Gov. Rick Scott in his request of members of Congress “to take any action available through the powers of the United States Congress to prevent federal allocations toward the relocation of Syrian refugees without extensive examination into how this would affect our homeland security.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski



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