SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state of Illinois will temporarily stop accepting new Syrian refugees in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Rauner said Monday that Illinois will consider all of its legal options pending a review of U.S. Department and Homeland Security’s acceptance and security processes. Rauner is one of several U.S. governors who say they will stop allowing Syrian refugees into their states after the Friday night attacks in Paris left at least 129 people dead.
Rauner says Illinois has to balance its tradition of welcoming refugees while “ensuring the safety and security of our citizens.”