Roanoke Congressman Bob Goodlatte again finds himself at the forefront of another highly-visible national debate — this time, it surrounds Syrian refugees and U.S. immigration policy. Goodlatte plays a key role in the House of Representatives as Chairman of its Judiciary Committee, which oversees all federal law enforcement entities. WFIR ‘s Evan Jones has the story.
Roanoke Mayor David Bowers is requesting that all Roanoke Valley governments and non-government agencies “suspend and delay any further Syrian refugee assistance” until the U.S. government determines the terrorist threat to our country diminishes. Bowers says with the recent bombing of a Russian airliner, the terrorist attacks in Paris, and ISIS threats directed at Washington, D.C., he is convinced it is “presently imprudent” to assist in refugee resettlement in our part of Virginia.
Colleges and universities like Roanoke College were quickly able to determine all their students studying in Europe were safe because of steps taken before those students head over. The college’s International Education staffers sit down with each student before he or she heads overseas, getting as much contact information as possible. Then they’re encouraged to keep in touch while abroad. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.