Dan Way at Carolina Journal notes that 44 Syrian refugees are already in North Carolina, with a potential 270 more to come:
— Dan Way (@danway_carolina) November 16, 2015
Excerpt below is from the article and contains comments from Governor McCrory’s office; emphasis added is mine:
CJ asked the Governor’s Office if it had any security concerns about the Syrian refugees, given that ISIS has said it would make sure militant jihadists would be part of the Syrian refugee exodus.
“Prior to being given refugee status, an extensive security screening is conducted on each individual” by the U.S. Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and participation from multiple U.S. government security agencies, the Governor’s Office responded.
“Syrians relocated to North Carolina has been quite small (44),” a statement from the Governor’s Office said in response to the CJ records request.
“This is in part due to the small number admitted into the USA,” which was fewer than 2,000 in the federal fiscal year spanning Oct. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015, the statement said.
“It is not anticipated that there will be a large increase in the number of arrivals in [North Carolina],” the statement said. “While an exact number is not known, less than 270 is anticipated.” That projection is based on a document from the White House setting a nationwide ceiling of 10,000 refugees from Syria as a country of origin.
Even so. Refugee Council USA, a coalition of global humanitarian aid groups helping displaced Syrians, wants the U.S. to accept at least 65,000 Syrian refugees, and some Democratic senators have urged President Obama to grant that request, calling 10,000 “an unacceptably low number.”
It is uncertain where the 44 Syrians have been relocated in North Carolina, according to the Governor’s Office.
“The N.C. State Refugee Office does not track ethnic groups by specific locality,” the statement said. However, overall refugee numbers going to a specific county are tracked. The statement did not account for how all refugees could be tabulated by locality without knowing the numbers for individual nationalities.
Well, I feel better don’t you? We know they’re here and generally where they are, but we don’t track them.
I would suggest people use the email portal for sending Governor McCrory their concerns.