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Syrian Refugees

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Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) joined about 50 Democrats and more than 200 Republicans in approving the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act. He said his vote was not about preventing refugees from coming to the U.S., but rather it was about ensuring the safety and security of the residents of southeast Iowa.

Republicans in Illinois' Congressional delegation are on board with Governor Bruce Rauner's move to temporarily close the state's borders to Syrian refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. 

The state's eight Republican House members are also condemning President Obama's plan to let in 10,000 refugees from that country this year.

Illinois is one of 24 states closing its borders to Syrian refugees in wake of the terrorist attacks in France last Friday. It's unclear whether this move is legal under federal law.

In a statement, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the state will "temporarily suspend" accepting Syrian refugees, citing safety and security concerns after the Islamic State group killed and injured hundreds of people in the Paris attacks.