Despite Criticism Ige Will Not Close Door to Syrians
Governor David Ige’s office has been flooded with hundreds of calls following his statement welcoming Syrian refugees.
In a statement released earlier this week - Ige said “slamming the door would betray our values of Aloha.” He added that his first priority is the safety of the American people – and no one would be admitted without being properly screened.
But many are not happy with the Ige’s statement. Governors in 30 asked to halt the resettlement of refugees until security concerns can be met. Senator Sam Sloan is the Hawai‘i Senate Minority leader and opposes Ige’s statement.
The US has already admitted around 2,000 Syrian refugees since their civil war began in 2011.