Kinder asks Nixon to prevent Syrian refugees from coming to Missouri

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Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – Missouri’s lieutenant governor wants the state to refuse any refugees fleeing war-torn Syria until, he says, a “proper vetting procedure is in place.”

In a letter addressed to Governor Jay Nixon, Lt. Peter Kinder urged the state’s chief executive to “ensure the safety and security of all Missourians” by directing state agencies to keep Syrian refugees from settling in the state.

Kinder said the state must make sure “terrorists are not coming to Missouri masquerading as refugees,” in reference to Sunday’s revelation that one of the men involved in Friday’s terror attack at a Paris concert venue and the Stade de France entered Europe with Syrian refugees.

Also Monday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner joined several other governors across the country in saying they would deny Syrian refugees access into their states.