Following the attack on Paris, more than half of American Governors are opposing the Obama administration’s attempt to settle Syrian refugees in their states.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said the USA must screen out Syrian refugees who are not Christian.
See, ‘Obama calls idea of screening Syrian refugees based on religion “shameful,” defends White House strategy (The Washington Post, 16 Nov 2015)
Strongest refusal by Bible Belters
The states rejecting immigrants from Syria are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
The majority of the states that are refusing the Syrians are the ones along the USA’s Bible Belt while other states too have vowed to block entry by the immigrants.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, for instance, has signed an executive order instructing state agencies to “take all available steps” to stop any such relocation.
Incidentally, Jindal’s own parents are immigrants from India. Jindal is however a convert to Christianity.
States committing to accept Syrian refugees are California, Washington, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Connecticut and Delaware.
The state of New York is so far quiet on the issue. A few other states are undecided as yet.