Some states say that they will not accept Syrian refugees, with 27 governors opposing the settlement of these displaced families into their jurisdictions. The governors, mostly Republican, are concerned over news that one of the suspects in the Paris terror attacks falsely entered Europe as a refugee.
"Defeating ISIS involves projecting American ideals to the world," according to a statement from the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Monday. "Governors who reject those fleeing war and persecution abandon our ideals and instead project our fears to the world."
A group of Democratic governors, who are not giving in to the fear, declared on Monday that their seven states would still accept Syrian refugees. Those states included Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington.
"Sadly, in the wake of these attacks, many people channel their fear and anger against ISIS into fear and anger against Muslims," said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, according to KING 5. "Washington will continue to be a state that welcomes those seeking refuge from persecution, regardless of where they come from or the religion they practice."
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell shamed the decision by Republican governors to block Syrian refugees by invoking Ronald Reagan.
"Ronald Reagan once stood for 'America's tradition as a land that welcomes peoples from other countries,' and one that shares with other countries 'the responsibility of welcoming and resettling those who flee oppression,' " Markell said in a statement, according to the Middletown Transcript.
In September, President Obama increased the number of Syrian refugees for U.S. resettlement to 10,000. Despite calls from Republican governors to ban the refugees, states lack the legal authority to refuse them.
The governors from the 27 states cite safety concerns as their reason for opposing the refugees, but the Democratic governors from the other states believe that the vetting process for refugees can be safe.
"We will work with the federal government and Homeland Security to ensure the national verification processes for refugees are as stringent as possible," Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper wrote in a statement. "We can protect our security and provide a place where the world's most vulnerable can rebuild their lives."