Senate President Bill Cadman issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Hickenlooper's published statements concerning Colorado’s willingness to host Syrian refugees:
"If there is any single mission universally recognized to be a prime role of government it is public safety. This responsibility is first and foremost in the minds of those of us who want to ensure that all due measures are exercised when considering relocation of any Syrian refugees within our state.
This is why President Obama and Governor Hickenlooper need to slow down, think carefully about our security and provide the public with a thorough and detailed explanation of what’s involved in any relocation plan. We must have solid assurances that our own government is not jeopardizing our own security. According to the concerned Coloradans who have called my office, these assurances are absent.
Providing a secure home to the world’s most vulnerable cannot be assured if that very home is made vulnerable through security risks. Opening our hearts should not require us to close our eyes to the real dangers that international terrorists pose.
Transparency and accountability must be provided on everything from the vetting process to housing arrangements. Only then can states make an informed judgment about whether or not they’re going to participate."
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