Governors across the country are scrambling to close off their states to resettle Syrian refugees in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Paris that are linked to Islamic State extremists. The list of states climbed quickly to eight by midday Monday, even as President Obama denounced efforts to block refugees from coming to the United States as 'shameful.' Governors of Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Michigan, Alabama, Texas and Arkansas — all of them Republicans — have said that they would not admit new Syrian refugees for fear that violent extremists posing as refugees might gain entry to the country.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.