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Alabama sues US government over Syrian refugees

Letitia Stein

Published 07/01/2016 | 19:06

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden (R) have been named in the law suit filed by Alabama Credit: Carlos Barria (REUTERS)
US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden (R) have been named in the law suit filed by Alabama Credit: Carlos Barria (REUTERS)

Alabama is to sue the US federal government over concerns about the placement of refugees from Syria and other countries in the Southern state, its governor confirmed.

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The lawsuit filed in federal court for the Northern District of Alabama on Thursday claims President Obama and his administration has not provided state officials with enough information about the refugees to be settled in the state.

Republican Governor Robert Bentley moved to bar Syrian refugees from the state after Paris terror attacks in November, for which Islamic State claimed responsibility.

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Mr Bentley said the White House has not answered three of his letters seeking information about the refugees to placed in Alabama under the US Refugee Act of 1980.

"The process and manner in which the Obama Administration and the federal government are executing the Refugee Reception Program is blatantly excluding the states," he said in a statement.

The lawsuit, which names the heads of multiple federal agencies, asks a court to find that the government must disclose information on each refugee, including medical history, and to certify that the individual does not pose a security risk

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