In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Gov. Rauner has joined dozens of Governors across the country in temporarily suspending the process of accepting Syrian refugees into Illinois.
Citing the importance of homeland security and citizen safety, the Governor has called for a review of the federal acceptance process used by the Department of Homeland Security before any action is taken.
Senator Bill Brady(R-Bloomington) commended the Governor for making the temporary but necessary decision to take a step back.
Brady remarked, "We aren't abandoning our tradition of welcoming refugees and immigrants from across the globe during difficult times. I think it is prudent, however, to ensure the program in place has the necessary safeguards to protect Illinois citizens."
Gov. Rauner’s full statement to the people of Illinois:
“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. We must find a way to balance our tradition as a state welcoming of refugees while ensuring the safety and security of our citizens. Therefore, the state of Illinois will temporarily suspend accepting new Syrian refugees and consider all of our legal options pending a full review of our country’s acceptance and security processes by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”