TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Gov. Rick Scott is calling on Congress to block attempts by the Obama administration to relocate 425 Syrian refugees to Florida.
Scott on Monday wrote a letter to congressional leaders that asked them to take “immediate and aggressive action” to prevent the relocation of Syrian refugees without an “extensive evaluation” of the risk the refugees may pose to national security.
The Republican governor cited last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris in his request.
In his letter, Scott said that one of the attackers posed as a Syrian refugee in order to gain access to France.
Scott pointed out in his letter that Florida does not have the authority to stop the relocation of Syrian refugees to the state.
But Scott said that he has ordered state officials to turn down any requests to help the refugees.