Wary US states shun Syria refugees after Paris attacks

November 17, 2015 12:50 AM

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Washington: Nearly half of the 50 US states moved Monday to shut the door on Syrian refugees as Republican lawmakers urged a halt to the resettlement program, citing security fears following the Paris attacks.

President Barack Obama pushed back, criticizing "shameful" calls to screen the refugees fleeing the war-torn country based on their religion.

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