Jindal demands more information from Obama about Syrians coming into Louisiana

Jindal demands more information from Obama about Syrians coming into Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - One day following multiple deadly attacks on various parts of Paris, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal issued an open letter to President Obama, asking about Syrian refugees beginning to arrive in Louisiana.

"In the wake of another round of appalling terrorist attacks, I write to express great sadness at the events in Paris," Jindal wrote. "As well as my grave concern about the unreported diffusion of Syrian refugees in the United States."

Last week, the city of New Orleans began receiving its first wave of Syrian refugees. As with former immigration crises and federal relocation policy, Louisiana has been kept in the dark about those seeking refuge in the state. It is irresponsible and severely disconcerting to place individuals, who may have ties to ISIS, in a state without the state's knowledge or involvement.

Governor Jindal posed four questions to President Obama, asking about various aspects of the refugees coming to New Orleans.

  1. What level of background screening was conducted prior to entry in the United States?
  2. In light of the fact that some of those responsible for last night’s attacks held Syrian passports, what additional protections and screenings will be put in place?
  3. Will all Syrian refugees seeking relocation in the United States now be cleared by the Terrorist Screening Center?
  4. What degree of monitoring will be sustained after initial placement in Louisiana?

The letter in its entirety can be found HERE.

Copyright WAFB 2015. All Rights Reserved.