House Speaker Paul Ryan plans to introduce legislation this week to suspend the U.S. refugee program amid political wrangling over the fate of Syrian migrants.
The Wisconsin Republican earlier Tuesday joined some lawmakers and numerous state governors in calling for a halt on refugee settlement after the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also urged a suspension or stop of the refugee program Tuesday.
On Monday, the State Department said it would not change its plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year amid ongoing conflict in the country. States do not have the authority to refuse entry to migrants because resettlement is federally funded.
Many Democratic governors continue to support the refugee plan. Others, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott, have urged Congress to take action.