Brownback Pulls Kansas Out of Federal Refugee Plan

TOPEKA, Kan. – Governor Sam Brownback on Monday notified the Obama Administration that the state of Kansas is withdrawing from the federal government’s refugee relocation program due to concerns for the safety of Kansans.

Beginning in November 2015, the governor attempted to work with the federal government to address security concerns related to resettlement of some refugees in Kansas.

“We made a reasonable request of the Obama Administration to provide us with information we need to help protect the safety and security of Kansans,” Brownback said in a statement. “Because the federal government has failed to provide adequate assurances regarding refugees it is settling in Kansas, we have no option but to end our cooperation with and participation in the federal refugee resettlement program.”

Brownback, along with governors of several states, asked White House officials in November to share vetting information as President Obama pledged to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees.

The administration, Brownback said, declined citing the privacy rights of the refugees.

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