Rauner temporarily suspends accepting Syrian refugees


Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to members of the press during a visit to campus Oct. 29.

By Northern Star staff

Gov. Bruce Rauner has temporarily suspended accepting Syrian refugees in the wake of the attacks in Paris that have claimed more than 120 lives.

“Our nation and our state have a shared history of providing safe haven for those displaced by conflict, but the news surrounding the Paris terror attacks reminds us of the all-too-real security threats facing America,” Rauner said, according to a news release. “We must find a way to balance our tradition as a state welcoming of refugees while ensuring the safety and security of our citizens.”

Rauner is one of several governors who have closed its doors to Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks. The United States has admitted 1,500 of the more than 4 million Syrian refugees, according to Refugee One, an organization that assists refugees sent to Chicago for resettlement.