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A Big U.S. City’s Mayor Just Made A Shock Announcement About Refugees Amidst Fallout From Paris Attack

As a rising tide of Americans is demanding a halt to President Obama’s Syrian refugee resettlement program because it has no reliable way to screen out terrorists, at least one city will be hoping for the best.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said Tuesday that the city will accept up to 500 Syrian refugees over the next 18 to 24 months.

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“Terrorists work in a manner where they want fear and hysteria to reign, and it’s at times like this we truly test the words on the Statue of Liberty,” Peduto said.

The mayor’s wishes run counter to those of Pittsburgh-area citizens. A WPXI Twitter poll found 67 percent of respondents opposed to accepting Syrian refugees in Pittsburgh.

“Neither the City nor the Commonwealth should accept Syrian refugees given what happened in Paris,” wrote Val Finnell.

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“open your eyes up!,” tweeted Nancy Adams. “This is not the time for it! Terrorists want American blood and this is their in!”

“You must want what happened in Paris to happen in Pittsburgh!” tweeted Alyce Winn.

One of Pennsylvania’s U.S. senators said sympathy must not compromise security.

“There is no reliable way of vetting those who come from these chaotic terrorist havens,” Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said Tuesday. Toomey said the program should be suspended until it can properly screen out terrorists.

“I’m not comfortable admitting large numbers of people that we can’t check,” Mr. Toomey said.

“People in that part of the world can fly under the radar,” he said. “If there’s no obvious red flag raised like military history or their own social media posts, then the bad guys can hide their true intention. It’s very, very hard for us to identify the radicals.”

Toomey said accepting Syrian Christians might be able to go forward, if screening could augment that knowledge with other information to ensure a refugee does not have a criminal background.

“If we know with certainty that the person is a Christian, then I think we can be pretty clear that they’re not a jihadist. I’m not aware of any Christians that are joining ISIS,” he said.

h/t: WPXI

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