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Local Syrian agrees with Gov. Rick Scott on refusing to allow Syrian refugees to resettle in Florida

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Concerns continue to grow over the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. Despite 30 Governors announcing they will not allow Syrian refugees into their states, the State Department says 10,000 Syrians will go through the rigorous screening.

Once they are allowed into the country they are free to live anywhere they want, according to the State Department. 

"This is a very dangerous situation we should not allow that to happen," said Habib Alzein, a Syrian-American living in West Palm Beach. 

Alzein is the President of the Syrian Lebanese American Club in South Florida. He fears criminals posing as Syrians will find a way in through resettlement. 

"How do you sort out all these people, those are coming, crossing the border without knowing who they are?" said Alzein.

The State Department announced it will add screening requirements to Syrians trying to come to the U.S. Right now,  any refugee resettling in the country has to meet refugee criteria, pass background checks, medical exams, in-person interviews, and several clearances from intelligence agencies. Alzein says terrorists will still find a way around the process. 

"We know that lately a lot of people, not Syrian using a fake Syrian passport to claim that they are Syrian refugees," added Alzein. 

Alzein, who still has family in Syria, wants the U.S. to help Syrian families in need, but says there is a better way. 

"I prefer to help the refugee in Syria we know who we are helping,  we know the families I need, we give them what they need inside Syria and don’t have to bring them over here," said Alzein.

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