Local sheriffs are publicly announcing their support of Gov. McCrory's decision to ask the federal government to cease sending Syrian refugees into North Carolina.
In McCrory's statement, he said he believes North Carolina should not receive any more refugees until he is satisfied with the thoroughness and effectiveness of federal background and security checks. This announcement comes in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris that killed 129 and injured hundreds more.
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Now, sheriffs from around the state are coming out in support of McCrory's decision.
"This is not a political issue, it is a public safety issue. Our concerns cross party lines as do the list of sheriffs included with this news release. Our concern is the wholesale introduction of refugees who have not been properly identified as friends of America places our country in great danger," the sheriffs said in a press release.
The following sheriffs have signed on with McCrory as of Friday afternoon:
Sheriff Donnie Harrison- Wake Co.
Sheriff Mike Andrews-Durham Co.
Sheriff Steve Bizzell-Johnston Co.
Sheriff BJ Barnes-Guilford Co.
Sheriff Alan Cloninger-Gaston Co.
Sheriff Terry Johnson-Alamance Co.
Sheriff Sam Page-Rockingham Co
Sheriff ASA Buck-Carteret Co
Sheriff Jack Smith-Northhampton Co.
Sheriff Doug Doughtie-Dare Co.
Sheriff David Grice-Davidson Co.
Sheriff John Ingram- Brunswick Co.
Sheriff Tracy Carter-Lee Co
Sheriff Ernie Coleman-Beaufort Co.
Sheriff Darren Campbell-Iredell Co.
Sheriff Dudley Greene McDowell Co.
Sheriff Michael Whaley-Pamlico Co.
Sheriff Alan Jones- Caldwell Co.
Sheriff Dan Gibbs- Martin Co.
Sheriff Neil Godfrey- Moore Co.
Sheriff David Carpenter-Lincoln Co.
Sheriff Kevin Frye- Avery Co.
Sheriff Susan Johnson- Currituck Co.
Sheriff Hans Miller- Onslow Co.