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Gov. Kate Brown: Oregon will continue to accept refugees

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (File photo) Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (File photo)
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says she will not join other governors in refusing to accept Syrian refugees.

As of Tuesday, the governors of more than two dozen states had publicly said they opposed taking in refugees from Syria in the aftermath of terror attacks in Paris.

Many have expressed concerns that terrorists might use refugees as cover to sneak across borders. A Syrian passport was reportedly found near one of the attackers in Friday's attacks in Paris.

On Tuesday, Brown posted on Twitter that Oregon will not follow the lead of other states.

She added, "The words on the Statue of Liberty apply in Oregon just as they do in every other state."

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday that his state also will continue to accept refugees.

"Sadly, in the wake of these attacks, many people channel their fear and anger against ISIS into fear and anger against Muslims. Washington will continue to be a state that welcomes those seeking refuge from persecution, regardless of where they come from or the religion they practice," Inslee said in a statement.

According to immigration experts, governors cannot legally block refugees from entering their states.

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