Syrian refugee debate hits home

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27 U.S. governors say they do not want Syrian refugees accepted into their state. Yet President Obama says he wants the U.S. to welcome them here in America.

Of those 27 governors, all but one is a Republican. With that in mind, we reached out to local lawmakers to see what they thought of the issue.

"Unfortunately we live in a scary world and in this situation. I do believe it is necessary to temporarily suspend accepting Syrian refugees until we can find a way to guarantee the safety of the people of Illinois. The health and safety of the people of Illinois has to be our top priority," said Republican Illinois State Senator Neil Anderson.

"What I'm going to do on my end is push the FBI Director and the Secretary of Homeland Security to make sure our screening procedures are absolutely comprehensive and rigorous to make sure we're only helping those who legitimately need assistance," said Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.

"I can't see how you can blame people who are trying to get out from oppression, not allow them back in our country. That's what our country is based on was allowing people in for free will and I hope they change their minds," said a man visiting the Moline Pubic Library.

We also conducted an online poll for more feedback.  On it, one response from a man named Michael reads "I have a better idea. Let's take care of the roughly 600,000 homeless people we have in this country. I'd rather do that before we give free food, housing, and medical attention to a bunch of people who may or may not be terrorists."