CHICAGO (CBS) — Speaking publicly for the first time about his announcement Illinois would temporarily stop accepting Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday declined to elaborate on how the state would block Syrian migrants from resettling here.
Rauner would not directly answer questions about how he could prevent Syrian refugees from coming to Illinois, but he said his advisers have been researching possible legal options.READ MORE: Woman With Concealed Carry Permit Shoots At Would-Be Gunpoint Carjacker In Roseland
“The federal government is not communicating with us and the states about who is being admitted in the refugee program, what their backgrounds are, where they’re being sent. That doesn’t allow us to be effective partners in trying to prevent attacks against the American people,” he said.
The governor said he’s been in talks with the White House and other governors about the issue. He said Illinois has a long history of welcoming refugees, and it should continue to do so.