Paris attacks raise concerns about refugee crisis
The Paris attacks are raising new concerns about Europe's refugee crisis
The renewed scrutiny comes amid reports that a Syrian passport was found close to the body of one of the attackers, suggesting he may have been an asylum seeker.
Although it is not known exactly how many refugees may be relocated to the U.S., the sentiments of Long Island residents runs the entire spectrum.
Kathy Peterson, from Seaford, says her nephew just returned from Paris. She says she is afraid Syrian refugees may include radicalized Islamic terrorists.
"It is going to happen here again and people don't realize that," she says.
Vijay Anand, who lives in Massapequa and immigrated to the U.S., has a different take.
"We have to do what we can -- we are a nation of immigrants," he says.
The Rev. Father Gabriel Adde, of Saint Peter's Syrian church in Hicksville, says his heart and the hearts of other Syrian-Americans are broken over the refugees' plight. While he has always been an advocate for the rights of our Syrian people, he firmly believes that every refugee who makes their way to the U.S. must be completely vetted.
That sentiment has been echoed for months by Seaford Rep. Peter King, who says it is vital to measure humanitarian beliefs against the security risks of bringing in thousands of unknown individuals.
According to Catholic Charities, about 10 to 15 families are expected to relocate on Long Island.
Several states have said they will refuse to take any more Syrian refugees until the security situation is resolved. The governors of Texas, Alabama, Arkansas and Michigan say they will temporarily block any more refugees from entering their states. The governor of Louisiana is demanding to know just how many Syrian refugees have been placed there, and how the White House plans to stop a potential terror attack like the one in France.