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McCrory misses briefing, raises funds on Syrian refugees

Posted November 18, 2015

A McCrory campaign webpage raising money on the governor's stance on refugees.

— Gov. Pat McCrory's campaign is raising funds on what has become a largely partisan political fight over whether Syrian refugees are welcome in North Carolina. But despite frequent calls for more information on refugee screening, the governor did not take part in a White House briefing on the issue.

On Monday, after the Paris attacks, McCrory held a press conference to announce he would ask the federal government not to send any more Syrian refugees to North Carolina. He said federal refugee programs share very little information with states about who refugees are or how their backgrounds have been checked.

"We would trust them (the federal government) more if they would tell us more about what they're doing," he said.

While saying that he empathized with the plight of Syrians driven from their homes by ISIS, he said, "I want to make sure we're not opening ourselves up to a potential terrorist situation."

On Tuesday, McCrory said on CNN he was glad to hear that the White House would hold a call with governors that evening to provide more information about how refugees are screened. "We need to be given the confidence of what exactly that process is," he said.

Wednesday morning, in a press release, McCrory said his position had not changed.

"A White House conference call late Tuesday afternoon with governors and other state officials explaining the refugee process did not allay Governor McCrory’s concerns," the press release reads.

It goes on to quote McCrory: "It was a good first step, but we need the White House to understand that we are all on the same team. The president has to understand that concerns of the states are legitimate and need to be addressed."

However, McCrory said on NPR's "Diane Rehm Show" on Wednesday morning that he had not joined the White House call.

McCrory spokesman Graham Wilson told WRAL News via email that Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry was on the call and later briefed the governor.

"Gov. McCrory was on an already scheduled flight to the meeting of the Republican Governors Association," Wilson said.

According to the White House summary of the nearly 90-minute call, "a bipartisan group of 34 governors from across the country" was briefed on the refugee screening process by high-ranking officials from the State Department, Homeland Security, FBI, National Counterterrorism Center and Health and Human Services, "including an extensive question and answer session among the governors and Administration officials."

Wilson questioned how the White House came to that number, saying there was no roll call on the briefing.

In the meantime, the governor is raising campaign funds on the issue.

A page on the McCrory campaign website features a dark graphic that says "NO SYRIAN REFUGEES IN NC."

"In this difficult time, we must think first of our own security and do what’s right to protect North Carolina families," reads the page text under a large red "CONTRIBUTE" button. "Add your name if you stand with Governor McCrory!"

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  • El Conquistador Nov 21, 2015
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    Your opinion makes me fell absolutely not one bit better about any vetting process especially given: FBI Director Admits US Can’t Vet All Syrian Refugees For Terror Ties

  • Timothy Watson Nov 20, 2015
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    have any of you ever talked with the people who work to screen refugees. If you knew the process of trying to into the US, Many of would just shut up and be quiet. Since 9/11, the process of getting in as a refugee is unbelievable hard. Just can`t show up and say you want to come to the US as a refugee. You don`t even get to pick where you are resettled. then after that, if the US is the place chosen for you, you are in for a long process. it just doesn't happen like you see in the movies or hear on FOX news. So if you want to be a good American, pray for your fellow Muslims citizens that are already here and dealing bad treatment from the insecurities of insecurity people.

  • El Conquistador Nov 19, 2015
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    Those French terrorists certainly didn't have a problem getting real fully automatic AK-47s did they? Of which you can not buy here by the way.

  • Marc Nichols Nov 19, 2015
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    As usual its all just a show to use fear to raise figurative and literal capital for the GOP in our state.
    We need to screen every iota of someone who isnt even in the country yet but its cool to let you buy a gun or an AK47 once you are here!

  • Tandy Dawgy Nov 19, 2015
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    But that is the point, they were captured. So the "system" fails if potential criminals are not caught and it also fails if they ARE caught???

  • Tom Laurence Nov 19, 2015
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    Really? That is so comical, that there is not enough space here to reply. As one in the "older crowd," I hope you remember this post when another fool posts such. And by the way, This "older person" pays his own way. BAHAAAAAA.

  • Tom Laurence Nov 19, 2015
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    True, and maybe so.....but I wonder how many of us in the US, like me, saw the 11:00 national news last night (Wed. pm) - that showed the capture of the 5 or 6 Syrian Criminals, with ILLEGAL passports, trying to leave Syria, with intentions on ending up in the U.S.? The law may say they can come - but as we all know, Washington is often "selective" in following and/or interpreting laws. I don't want them here period....UNLESS (yes, unless), they have been properly screened with background checks, and we have a record of where they are going, and then track them. Then, they are welcome here. Take care.

  • Charles Edwards Nov 19, 2015
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    After all is said and done, it really doesn't matter what McCrory or any other governor wants/says. We have open borders between our state. All non-criminal visitors (and citizens) are free to live anywhere they want. McCrory and the other govs are doing nothing more than political posturing.

  • mykesmovies Nov 19, 2015

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    More Jib-Jab from the burdensome older crowd. Talk about costing people millions. Jee-willikers old people who haven't prepared for being old are takers I'll tell ya.

  • Dan Kimrey Nov 19, 2015
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    Since you were there, maybe you can enlighten us as to what lies were told by said puppets.

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