Syrian refugees welcomed and rejected in some U.S. states

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LAREDO, TX - The effects of the turmoil in Iraq and Syria are being felt a little closer to home, from Texas to Washington, D.C., to Connecticut.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, two Syrian families in Laredo have turned themselves over to immigration at the Texas-Mexico border.

Up north, Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy welcomed a different Syrian refugee family after Indiana governor, Mike Pence redirected them elsewhere.

"As governor I have no higher priority than the safety and security of the people of my state," Governor Pence said.

Reportedly, the family had been waiting three years to move to the U.S.

While refugee families face their own issues of fleeing to safety, U.S. political leaders are in a squabble about security measures when it comes to letting refugees into America.

All this comes after the theory that one of the Paris bombers may have posed as a Syrian refugee.

As for the House bill to suspend refugees from entering the country until they are certified and approved by U.S. national security agencies, there is considerable talk of potentially blocking it.

Nevada Democratic senator and minority House leader, Harry Reid said "we have an incredibly rigorous screening process for when we accept refugees."

President Obama says he plans to veto the bill.


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