- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - In a story Nov. 21 about a resettlement program for Syrian refugees in the U.S., The Associated Press erroneously reported the position of state Rep. Sara Gideon. Gideon is the Maine House assistant majority leader, not the majority leader.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Gideon chides governor’s decision to oppose Syrian refugees

Rep. Gideon chides Gov. LePage for his decision to oppose relocation of Syrian refugees

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Maine House assistant majority leader says the threat against America is the No. 1 priority but that “we cannot allow fear to trump reason.”

Rep. Sara Gideon used the Democratic weekly address to attack Gov. Paul LePage and other Republican governors who expressed opposition to receiving Syrian refugees.

She said that the U.S. must protect its safety and security “but we must do it while also standing up for our values as Americans.” Gideon said Syrian refugees are victims of the same terrorists the U.S. are fighting.

LePage said Monday that it’d be “irresponsible” to let Syrian refugees into America because they could be a threat to the country’s security. He said he will “adamantly oppose” any attempts to place Syrian refugees in the state.

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