Iowa governor greeted by protestors upset over state stance on Syrian Refugees

Iowa is one of several states looking to block Syrian refugee entries


Published 11/24 2015 06:44PM

Updated 11/24 2015 07:24PM

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is standing by his decision to join other governors and refuse Syrian refugees from entering the state.

Although individual states do not have the legal authority to block refugee placement the governor is expressing his frustrations with federal officials.  On Tuesday Branstad said he will do what he can with his authority to stop refugees from coming in to Iowa.

"That's a question all the governors are asking because this is really a federal responsibility and we're just deeply disappointed the administration has failed to contain and stop ISIS," said Brandstad.

As far as state offices go there is a Bureau of Refugee Services under the Iowa Department of Human Services but it helps mostly with employment services for refugees.

Refugee resettlement happens through three different agencies in Iowa who work with the federal government,
not the state

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