Florida Governor Rick Scott appeared on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” to publicly condemn Barack Obama and the White House for refusing to share information gathered on Syrian refugees being forced upon states. Scott participated in a recent conference call in which the White House administration pushed to relocate Syrian refugees in the United States. During this call state governors were informed they would not be allowed access to background check details for refugees being relocated to their governing states.
Scott has joined a group of more than half the country’s governors who oppose Syrian refugees being brought to their respective states. He states that he felt “more concerned” about the security of his state and well-being of its citizens following the conference call. His concern arises from the fact that White House officials could not guarantee that their selection process was superior to the French process that allowed an ISIS terrorist to pose as a refugee. He stated to Fox News:
“They are not going to pause. They couldn’t explain to me how the U.S. vetting process is any better than the French vetting process, even though we know one of the terrorists posed as a Syrian refugee.”
The White House further eroded his confidence by explaining the Federal government would be conducting background checks on refugees being relocated to various states in the United States and will not be providing Florida, or any other state’s, law enforcement agencies with the information used to determine whether or not a refugee presents a threat to national security.
Scott has request that House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refrain from using federal funds to relocate even a single Syrian refugee to Florida to ensure the safety of 20 million of Florida’s residents and the 100 million tourists that visit every year.