SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez joined other Republican governors Monday in expressing concern about efforts to allow Syrian refugees to enter their states, after news reports that one of the suspected perpetrators of last week’s deadly attacks in Paris had a Syrian passport and had traveled to France.
In a statement issued Monday, a Martinez spokesman said the two-term governor is opposed – at least for now – to President Barack Obama’s plan to accept about 10,000 refugees from war-torn Syria.
“The governor strongly opposes the Obama administration’s plan to accept more Syrian refugees until there is a very clear plan in place to properly vet and place the refugees, and the voices of governors and the public can be heard,” Martinez spokesman Michael Lonergan said.
He also said the governor has instructed state agencies to work closely with federal authorities in response to any potential security threats.