Most High Plains States Oppose Syrian Refugees

Nov 19, 2015

Migrants disembark from a small boat after their arrival from the Turkish coast on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Greek authorities say 1,244 refugees and economic migrants have been rescued from frail craft in danger over the past three days in the Aegean Sea, as thousands continue to arrive on the Greek islands
Credit Santi Palacios / AP photo

Opposition to the U.S.’s plan to accept Syrian refugees continues to grow. As of this writing, more than half of U.S. governors say Syrian refugees are not welcome in their states, reports CNN. As might be expected, resistance to Obama’s plan to accept refugees falls almost completely along party lines. All but one of the 31 opposing governors are Republicans.  

As far as High Plains states go, most are against letting Syrians settle within their borders. Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska oppose the federal plan. But Colorado governor John Hickenlooper says he won’t block Syrian refugees from settling in his state, reports Colorado Public Radio. 

The final say on the issue ultimately falls to the federal government. But states can make the acceptance process much more difficult by refusing to cooperate.