Democratic Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy stepped up to accept a displaced Syrian family.
The fate of Syrian refugees had been made unclear after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced that his state would be blocking all Syrian refugees from entry, closing the door on the family of three after its members had undergone a three-year vetting process.
The family members, whose names have been withheld from the press to preserve their anonymity, are a husband and wife along with their 5-year-old son. They have been displaced since fleeing Syria in 2011, when the son was not even a year old, RawStory reports.
Pence has defended his state’s refusal to resettle the family, citing concerns about members of the Islamic State group trying to infiltrate the U.S. through the Syrian refugee crisis.
The Indiana governor incorrectly stated that one of the terrorists during the Nov. 13 Paris attack was a Syrian refugee. While suspicions arose after a Syrian passport was found near the body of a suicide bomber, the ID’s authenticity has been called into question and all of the terrorists involved in the attack have been confirmed to be European nationals, RawStory reports.
Exodus, an agency involved in finding new homes for the Syrian refugees, scrambled to find a new state for the Syrian family after it was barred from entering Indiana, CNN reports.
Connecticut accepted the family of three, with Malloy explaining that “It is the right thing to do, the humane thing to do,” according to The Indianapolis Star. “Quite frankly, if you believe in God, it’s the morally correct thing to do.”
At a Nov. 18 press conference, Malloy described how he personally consoled the family after it was shunned by Indiana, CNN reports.
“I told them that people in the U.S. were generous and good people but sometimes things happen elsewhere that cause people to forget about their generosity,” recounts Malloy. “I have to say [the family] were absolutely wonderful and charming folks.”
Malloy had harsh words for House representatives who passed a bill designed to block Syrian refugees from being accepted in the U.S. The Connecticut governor alleges that “there is a certain xenophobic, perhaps racism, involved in what’s going on here,” CNN reports.
“It’s the right thing for us to do to respond to this tragedy,” Malloy continues, according to Raw Story. “We have an obligation to the other nations of the world to do our part.”