syrian refugees

The Florida House Chamber
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Florida gets a lot of federal funding for refugees, including people entering the state from Cuba and Haiti. But that money could go away if legislation passes pulling the state out of the federal refugee resettlement program.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
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Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran recently told a Miami television show there’s a “tremendous potential likelihood” some refugees from the Middle East living in Florida are terrorists.

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Syrian refugees and others are rushing to enter the U.S. while a judge is temporarily blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban. But the uncertainty over whether the suspension will last is causing turmoil for people in Florida.

Women and children striking at Budapest's Keleti railway station.
Mstyslav Chernov

Republicans vying for their party’s presidential nomination continue to tussle over immigration.  But in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernadino, those debates have become tangled in an argument over how best to deal with an expanding refugee crisis.  It’s playing out in the Florida Legislature as well.

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The question of whether the United States should welcome refugees from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries has sparked much passionate debate. There will be a community forum in Tallahassee this Sunday night will attempt to turn down the temperature of that discussion.

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North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham voted in favor of a controversial bill Thursday that could make it more difficult for Syrian refugees to enter the US.

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In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks more than 30 state governors have asked Congress to stop Syrian Refugees from resettling in the U.S. Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to tighten controls on refugees coming to the U.S. from Syria and Iraq. Local immigration attorney Elizabeth Ricci says American policy for accepting refugees is much tougher than it is for immigrants.

Governor Rick Scott speaking to the Enterprise Florida board.
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Florida Governor Rick Scott is opposed to allowing more than 400 Syrian refugees to re-settle in Florida. Several other state governors are taking a similar stance after terrorist attacks in Paris last week.