SALLISAW, OK – State Rep. John Bennett, Sallisaw-02 (R) has called on Governor Fallin to suspend Oklahoma’s effort in resettling Syrian refugees in Oklahoma.
“According to the New York Times article on October 21, 2015, there have been dozens of Syrian refugees settled in Jenks, OK since 2012,” said Bennett. “What’s disturbing is that when I contacted the Jenks Police Department about this issue, they advised that the New York Times’ article was the first time anyone in their office knew about these resettlements.”
Bennett continued, “Given the light of the Paris attacks and that some of the terrorists arrived in France as Syrian refugees, I am calling on Governor Fallin to immediately suspend any current plans to relocate Syrian refugees in Jenks or elsewhere in Oklahoma and to identify those that have arrived under the relocation program since 2012.
“The states of Michigan and Alabama have suspended their relocation efforts until the U.S. Department of Homeland Security can perform a top-down review of security clearances and procedures to ensure that those who are entering our country as refugees are not a threat to our safety,” said Bennett. “I believe it is wise and prudent for Gov. Fallin to take the same measures to ensure the safety of Oklahomans by preventing a terrorist attack in our great state.