In light of the weekend’s horrific European terrorist attacks that left over 100 dead and several hundred wounded, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) sent a letter to Gov. Cuomo asking him to prevent Syrian refugees from entering New York State and provide public disclosure about whether any are already residing within our borders. A Syrian Passport was discovered near one of the bombing sites in France, leading authorities to believe that many, if not all, of the terrorist suspects are Syrian refugees. Twenty-five states by Tuesday morning had announced border restrictions.
“In light of these events, I am asking you to restrict our borders and increase security measures to properly screen refugees coming from Syria,” McLaughlin wrote. “Furthermore, I believe it is the public’s right to know if any refugees are living in New York State and exactly how many there are. I consider this a serious matter of New York State security.”
McLaughlin went on to express how the nationwide concern is growing as Governors from across the nation are rapidly announcing border restrictions.
"Moderate and measured presidential candidates are pleading for this, including one Governor who's already said no to refugees because safety and security can't be addressed. Grassroots anxiety and concern is swelling and it is embarrassing that our federal and state leaders have not been vocal to this point.”
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s Official Website