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Kansas Governor Maintains Opposition to Syrian Refugees, but Welcomes Others

Brownback speaking earlier this year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Governor Sam Brownback is sticking with his decision not to allow state agencies to help relocate Syrian refugees to Kansas. In recent weeks, faith leaders have asked the governor to reconsider under the religious ideals of compassion for those in need.

Brownback says in an interview that he maintains his concern terrorists could infiltrate the U.S. with the refugees.

“Along with compassion, there’s the virtue of prudence. I would be happy to take more refugees from other parts of the world. Bring in people from Myanmar or Congo that don’t have a similar security concern,” says Brownback.
Religious leaders have argued there is already security screening in place for refugees, but Brownback says that process is not adequate when it comes to Syrian refugees.


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