DETROIT NEWS: Snyder puts Syrian refugee efforts on hold

Lansing -- Gov. Rick Snyder is halting his administration’s efforts to bring refugees from war-torn Syria to Michigan following the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Islamic State terrorist group, which has strongholds in Syria, has claimed responsibility for the attacks Friday on a stadium, a concert hall and Paris cafes that left 129 people dead and more than 350 wounded, 99 of them seriously.

Snyder said Sunday he was halting efforts to make Michigan open to more Syrians seeking political asylum in the United States

“Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration. But our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents,” Snyder said in a statement. “Given the terrible situation in Paris, I’ve directed that we put on hold our efforts to accept new refugees until the U.S. Department of Homeland Security completes a full review of security clearances and procedures.

…On Saturday night, Republican state Rep. Gary Glenn of Midland issued a press release urging Snyder to reverse course on seeking more refugees from Syria.

'We should not rush to offer an open door to the high-risk importation of individuals from a known hotbed of Islamic extremism who security officials say cannot be safely screened to identify and block jihadists masked as ‘refugees’ who’d love to bring suicide vests and grenades to Ford Field or Fisher Theatre or Great Lakes Crossing,' Glenn said in a statement.

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