TULSA, OK – Oklahomans for the Vetting of Syrian Refugees (OK4VSR), a newly formed grassroots group in Oklahoma, has been created in response to Governor Fallin’s refusal to suspend Oklahoma’s effort in resettling Syrian refugees in Oklahoma, despite the Governor’s call on President Obama to suspend the Syrian Refugee Relocation Program nationally.
“She can’t have it both ways,” said OK4VSR spokesperson Josh McFarland. “The Governor is either in support of keeping Syrian refugees out of Oklahoma until the Department of Homeland Security can confidently determine the safety of their placement or she is in support of President Obama’s reckless plan to put our whole country in danger of a terrorist attack.”
McFarland highlighted the leadership of Texas Governor Abbott and Louisiana Governor Jindal’s staunch position on this issue. “If Abbott and Jindal believe that their state is the final arbiter of what’s best for the safety of their citizens, then so should Gov. Fallin,” said McFarland.
McFarland continued, “We ask that Governor Fallin immediately suspend any current plans to relocate Syrian refugees in Oklahoma. It’s not enough to make a blanket call for the President to halt the national program, but the Governor must halt the Oklahoma relocation program to prevent any Syrian refugees from being relocated to Oklahoma 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.”
Oklahomans for the Vetting of Syrian Refugees is made up of concerned citizens across Oklahoma. They are calling for an immediate halt of the relocation of Syrian refugees in Oklahoma due to the recent terrorist attack in Paris by ISIS members that included Syrian refugees. They can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OK4VSR.