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Jindal seeks to stop Syrian refugee resettlement in La.

Jindal seeks to stop Syrian refugee resettlement in La.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal is ordering state agencies and officials to "utilize all lawful means to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees" in Louisiana.

Monday's executive order follows Jindal's weekend announcement that he was requesting from the White House information on how many Syrian refugees have been resettled in Louisiana. The Republican presidential hopeful also wants information on background screening of Syrians refugees and what monitoring would be done once the refugees settle in Louisiana.

The State Department press office says 14 refugees from Syria have been resettled in Louisiana this year.
Lavinia Limon, president the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigration, said that, under the Refugee Act of 1980, states don't have legal authority to block refugees from being resettled in their communities.

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