Mayor Reed: Atlanta Remains Welcoming To Syrian Refugees

Nov 17, 2015

After Gov. Nathan Deal said Georgia will not be taking in any Syrian refugees in light of the recent attacks on Paris, Mayor Kasim Reed says the city of Atlanta remains open.

Deal issued an executive order Monday meant to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state.  

Reed voiced his disapproval over the order, saying Atlanta is and will continue to be a "welcoming city."

“I don’t agree with the notion that we should completely close access to Georgia from Syrian refugees," he said.

Reed also reaffirmed his call to review and strengthen screening policies at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and at major events.

“I think that you have to be realistic about your citizens having real fears. And we have to try to balance that to the greatest extent that we can, and that’s what we’re trying to do."

Despite multiple governors’ orders, many experts say the power to refuse or admit refugees lies with the federal government.