In a letter to the president, the Louisiana governor says US needs “to investigate what happened in Europe before” the problem comes here.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has urged President Barack Obama to “pause the process” of bringing Syrian refugees to the United States in light of the terror attacks in multiple locations in Paris that has so far claimed 129 lives.
The Republican presidential candidate stated this in a letter to Obama, which, he said, was written “to express great sadness at the events in Paris, as well as my grave concern about the unreported diffusion of Syrian refugees in the United States.”
Some 13 refugees from the war-torn Middle Eastern country arrived in New Orleans last week. According to the New York Times, the United States has taken in some “1,500 Syrian refugees since the start of the conflict there more than four years ago.”
Pointing out that “New Orleans began receiving its first wave of Syrian refugees” last week, Jindal accused the administration of keeping Louisiana “in the dark about seeking refuge in the state.”
“As Governor of Louisiana, I demand information about the Syrian refugees being placed in Louisiana in hopes that the night of horror in Paris is not duplicated here,” he wrote in the letter dated November 14.
The Indian American governor wrote that he wanted to know “what level of background screening was conducted prior” to the refugees’ entry to the United States, and in “light of the fact that some of those responsible for last night’s attacks held Syrian passports, what additional protections and screenings will be put in place.”
Additionally, the governor asked whether all Syrian refugees will “now be cleared by the Terrorist Screening Center” and “what degree of monitoring will be sustained after the initial placement in Louisiana?”
Jindal wrote that US authorities “need to investigate what happened in Europe before this problem comes to the United States.”
The Republican wrote that as “Americans, we embolden freedom and opportunity to the rest of the world, but by opening up our borders and refusing to collaborate or share information with states,” Obama is “threatening that reality.”
Earlier, in a series of tweets, Jindal condemned the Paris attack and called for tough action against radical Islam. “It’s time for Americans to discard political correctness and come to terms with the truth — Radical Islam is evil and plans to destroy us,” he wrote in one of the tweets.
Jindal is not the only Republican politician to criticize the White House’s Syria policy in the wake of the Paris attacks. Presidential rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz also criticized the administration over the issue.