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NC legislators to review Syrian refugee program

One day after Gov. Pat McCrory requested that the federal government stop sending Syrian refugees to North Carolina, top state legislators say they’ll discuss the matter on Wednesday.

House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger issued a joint statement announcing that they’ve added the refugee concerns to the busy Wednesday agenda at the Joint Legislative Commission on Government Operations.

That’s the oversight committee chaired by the two leaders. Wednesday’s meeting was already set to tackle concerns about a prison maintenance contract sought by a McCrory donor, as well as other state government issues.

McCrory joined other Republican governors Monday in asking President Barack Obama to stop the Syrian resettlement program in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. The fate of Syrian refugees bound for North Carolina, however, will ultimately be decided at the federal level.

It’s unclear what action, if any, the legislative commission might take Wednesday. Berger and Moore say they’re backing McCrory’s stance against taking refugees.

“We commend our governor for his leadership in requesting that Syrian refugees not be placed in North Carolina,” the two lawmakers said in a news release. “It is important that our states unite to challenge the Obama administration on its weak foreign policy.

“We have agreed to examine this issue further at our Joint Legislative Commission on Government Operations hearing on Wednesday, November 18th.”

Shortly after the announcement, Rep. Grier Martin, a Raleigh Democrat, criticized the move on Twitter:

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