Gov. Brown: Oregon Will Accept Syrian Refugees


A Syrian refugee holds her passport at the Turkish Cilvegozu gate border,  Sept. 4, 2013.

A Syrian refugee holds her passport at the Turkish Cilvegozu gate border,  Sept. 4, 2013.

Gregorio Borgia

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced via Twitter that Oregon will continue to accept refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.Last week, terrorists attacks rocked Paris and left 129 people dead and scores more wounded.

Since the attacks, governors in more than half of the United States have publicly opposed the resettlement of Syrian refugees over security concerns.

But Washington Gov. Jay Inslee bucked that trend Monday, saying that Washington state will welcome Syrian refugees. President Obama’s administration has pledged the U.S. to receive 10,000 people for resettlement over the next year.

Gov. Brown echoed that sentiment Tuesday.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter did not join his Northwest colleagues in supporting the refugee relocation program, however. He joined several other Republican governors Monday in calling for an immediate stop to the refugee program until vetting rules can be reviewed.