While speaking at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando, on 16 November, Louisiana’s Republican Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, stated his opinion to block Syrian refugees from resettling in Louisiana.
Following the deadly attack in Paris, Jindal issued an executive order, citing the government’s authority to respond to the threat of emergency in the state. The order calls on the state to implement all lawful means to prevent the settlement of Syrian refugees and authorises the state police to monitor and avert threats from all those who have already made it to Louisiana.
After the announcements were made by the authorities revealing the involvement of a Syrian refugee in the Paris attack that left 129 dead and hundreds injured, several other governors, along with Jindal, ordered not to permit Syrian refugees to resettle in their states.
States whose governors oppose the settlement of Syrian refugees are, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
Louisiana’s Indian-American governor Jindal is not the only one to criticize the White House’s Syria policy in the wake of the Paris attacks; Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and frontrunner Donald Trump, are also against the said policy.
Louisiana’s state police superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said that he thinks that Jindal’s order, no matter what the reasons are to it, is a “strong message” to the state department as it desrves to know more about the refugees.