Michigan Governor Puts Refugee Acceptance Efforts on Hold After Paris Attacks - NBC Chicago

Michigan Governor Puts Refugee Acceptance Efforts on Hold After Paris Attacks

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    Michigan Governor Puts Refugee Acceptance Efforts on Hold After Paris Attacks
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    Michigan Governor Rick Snyder talks during a General Motors press conference as some union members turn away during a 2013 speech at the GM Flint Assembly Plant. (Photo by Bryan Mitchell/Bloomberg)

    Michigan's Republican governor, who has bucked many party leaders for welcoming Syrian refugees, is putting efforts on hold following the deadly attacks in Paris.

    Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement Sunday that the state is postponing efforts to accept refugees until federal officials fully review security clearances and procedures.

    Snyder said Michigan is "proud of our rich history of immigration" but that Michigan's "priority is protecting the safety of our residents."

    Several GOP candidates have criticized the Obama administration's plans to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees and urge much greater scrutiny.

    Officials said Friday's gun and bomb attacks killed 129 people. One of the attackers had a Syrian passport, but it wasn't clear whether the passport was fake or real.

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