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State lawmakers may soon weigh in on allowing Syrian refugees into Michigan

Dec 19, 2015

State lawmakers will consider a resolution backing the governor’s call to put a hold on bringing Syrian refugees into Michigan. 

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

State Senator Patrick Colbeck says his resolution is about safety.

“It’s about making sure we have taken all due diligence to fulfill our first responsibility as elected officials and that’s securing public safety,” says Colbeck. 

Governor Snyder asked the Obama administration to review its refugee vetting process, after the Paris terrorist attacks that killed more than a hundred people.

The Syrian refugee screening resolution will likely be taken up by Michigan lawmakers early in the new year.  

Colbeck says Michigan can welcome immigration through the resettlement process once it has been proven safe.