Ricketts want state involvement in screening Syrian refugees

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Gov. Pete Ricketts says he wants state officials to have a role in screening Syrian refugees before they’re allowed to resettle in Nebraska.

The governor said Tuesday that state agencies haven’t been included in the federal process. His comments came one day after he sent a letter to Nebraska’s resettlement organizations, urging them not to accept refugees in light of the weekend attacks in Paris.

Ricketts and other governors have raised concerns that terrorists might use the refugees as cover to sneak across borders.

Ricketts says restrictions should only apply to Syrian refugees right now because of the attacks. He also condemned an act of vandalism against the Islamic Center of Omaha.

Ricketts was scheduled to be on a governors-only conference call with the White House Tuesday afternoon.

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