In fact, if governors try to stop refugee settlement, either by trying to block their admission into the state or by blocking their housing, that could violate the 14th Amendment, as well as a mountain of legal precedents and Supreme Court rulings, according to University of Connecticut law professor Jon Bauer.
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Governors can lobby members of Congress to enact legislation to limit or stop the admission of Syrian refugees, and Sen. Rand Paul has already introduced a bill that would do that. (Video via The White House, Office of Sen. Rand Paul)
But it's unlikely such a bill would make it through both houses of Congress, and even more unlikely it would have the support needed to override a probable presidential veto.
The governors and Sen. Paul have said they think the refugees could pose a security threat and need to be screened more thoroughly. (Video via Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)
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The U.S. already has one of the strictest screening processes for asylum-seekers in the world; The process can take 18 to 24 months to complete. (Video via U.S. Department of State)
But opponents of resettling refugees have cited FBI director James Comey. (Video via C-SPAN)
"If we have no information on someone, they've never crossed our radar screen, never been a ripple in the pond, there will be no record of them there. It will be challenging," Comey said.
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But that's hardly unique to Syrian refugees. In fiscal year 2014, the U.S. accepted 9,000 refugees from another war-torn country with an active terror group: Somalia.
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