Lalor: Cuomo Must Block Syrian Refugees from Settling in New York

East Fishkill, NY — New York State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is calling on Governor Cuomo to join the governors of Michigan and Alabama in fighting to stop the settlement of Syrian refugees in our states.

"We can't afford to settle refugees in New York or the United States, because proper vetting can't be guaranteed," said Lalor. "The House Homeland Security chairman has acknowledged that we can't vet the refugees. House Intelligence committee member Rep. Peter King has said, 'There is virtually no vetting because there are no databases in Syria.' Governor Cuomo needs to lead and stop the settlement of refugees in New York. The FBI says it has 900 active ISIS investigations. Imagine how thin security will be spread with the addition of thousands more refugees."

Lalor added, "We should ship food, water and supplies to refugees to meet any humanitarian obligations we may have, but the Syrian refugees should be resettled in that region of the world. There is nothing humanitarian about putting at risk the lives of Americans in general and New Yorkers in particular. Accepting Syrian refugees when it is impossible to properly vet them was a terrible idea prior to the ISIS attacks on Paris. To do so after at least one of the Islamic terrorists was discovered to be a Syrian 'refugee' is beyond gross negligence and the triumph of political correctness over reason and public safety."

Lalor continued, "When six Arab Gulf countries, Qatar, U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain, aren't accepting refugees, it becomes even harder to explain why New York or the United States would. As much as Americans want to help those who are suffering, we can't assure that the vetting process will catch terrorists. That means we simply can't accept any of the refugees. Governor Cuomo should take the lead and keep New York safe by blocking their settlement here."