- Associated Press - Monday, November 16, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she’s opposed to the Obama administration’s plan to accept any more Syrian refugees until there’s a clear plan in place to properly vet and place them.

Martinez made the comment Monday as several U.S. governors threatened to halt efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Martinez, the nation’s only Latina governor and a leader within the Republican Governors Association, says the top priority should be safety.

The Obama administration recently pledged to accept about 10,000 Syrian refugees. Governors in many states are responding to heightened concerns terrorists might use the refugees as cover to sneak across borders.

Government statistics show the U.S. has taken about 2,150 Syrians since October 2011 - most in the last year.



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