Expressing Concerns About Syrian Refugees

November 17, 2015

Many of you have contacted me expressing concerns about whether Connecticut should open its doors to Syrian refugees.

Yesterday, I wrote to Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation and Gov. Malloy to express those concerns.

I will continue to update you on this security issue and please continue to contact me at [email protected] .

Please read my letter below and listen to my interview on WTIC 1080 this morning here.

November 16, 2015

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty
114 West Main Street
Suite 206
New Britain, CT 06051

Dear Congresswoman Esty,

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, I am sure you have been receiving emails and phone calls from Connecticut residents who are concerned about safeguards involving immigrants from Syria.

I have been contacted repeatedly by taxpayers.

  • They want to know more about how the federal government screens refugees.
  • They want to know more about how background checks are conducted.
  • They want to know a lot more about the federal government’s refugee vetting process before refugees are allowed into the state.

I know you feel strongly, as I do, that the safety and security of the people of Connecticut must continue to be our top priority. We cannot and will not put Connecticut residents at risk.

With these questions swirling, I hope you can help me to communicate these answers to the public.

With that said, I also serve as the ranking member on the legislature’s Appropriations Committee. Our panel is watching every taxpayer dime in order to emerge from what Gov. Malloy’s budget director has called Connecticut’s “permanent fiscal crisis.” Aside from my security concerns, I would like your thoughts as to how accepting hundreds and even thousands of Syrian immigrants would impact Connecticut’s state budget.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Senator Rob Kane

cc: U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Chris Murphy, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, U.S. Rep. John Larson, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy