Mayor Curry discusses Syrian refugees

The mayor supports Gov. Scott's stance opposing Syrian refugees coming into the state

By Ashley Spicer - Reporter, anchor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mayor Curry and Sheriff Williams will meet and talk about the city's security following the Paris terror attacks.

The mayor supports Governor Scott's stance opposing Syrian refugees coming into the state. More than half of U.S. governors have said they will ban the refugees.

Curry says he doesn't trust the vetting process. While it appears there have been no direct threats against the city, the mayor and sheriff are staying vigilant.

Thursday night, the Jaguars will be in the national spotlight when they take on the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris at a soccer stadium have Jacksonville officials on high alert.

With the capacity for 67,000 people, EverBank could be a big target which is why Curry and Williams are sitting down to discuss security. Part of that safety, Curry says, is keeping Syrian refugees out of Jacksonville.

"As far as Syrian refugees, what I've said is I don't trust the process. Jacksonville is a welcoming city. We want people to move here from other countries, we're a loving city with open arms. But here are the facts, one of the terrorists in the Paris attacks slipped through that refugee process and I don't have confidence in that process right now. I need the federal government to step up, and make sure the vetting and background checks are appropriate," said Curry.

He adds it was a painful decision to say no to refugees at this time, but his first responsibility is to the people of Jacksonville and their safety.

 

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