(WJBK) - The governor has hit the pause button - but not the delete button - as he ponders what to do about opening the doors to refugees from Syria. For now, the door is closed and locked but Governor Rick Snyder wants everyone to know, "we want to be a opening and welcoming for people around the world," just not right now.
Weeks ago, the governor was near the head of the line with arms open for the raft of refugees searching for a place to call home. But the arms are now folded in the wake of the, what he termed the "horrific" act of terrorism in Paris last weekend.
Mr. Snyder advises now is the time to review all the procedures Homeland Security uses to screen out the bad guys. "When you have events like this, you ask questions about how these attacks took place...to say do any procedures need to be revised...."
And supposedly until any mistakes are corrected, the governor thinks the "prudent" thing to do is step back. And he thinks it could be more than a year before the refugee pipeline begins to flow.
Meanwhile,in the Arab-American community near Detroit, which has one of the largest populations in the country, it disagrees with the governor. "The United States should be a safe haven," argues Dr. Yahya Basha from West Bloomfield.
Another pro-refugee church group warned governors that, "you can't restrict certain nationalities coming to your state," and the group thinks a discrimination lawsuit could be in the offing. Obviously Mr. Snyder and nine other governors think otherwise.
Some argue enough safeguards are already in place while Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Midland) concludes security officials say the refugees "cannot be safely screened to identify and block jihadists masked as "refugees...."
So here we go with yet another unforeseen event which has dragged this governor into another controversy that was not on his agenda but he it is now.