By MEREDITH SLOAN
According to ABC News, at least half of the country’s governors are refusing to take in Syrian refugees in their states amid heightened security concerns following last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Paris terrorist attacks, in which 129 people were killed. Since Friday’s attacks, ISIS has threatened to attack Washington, D.C., and New York.
This chilling effect has influenced several United States governors to refuse Syrian refugees. Ultimately the federal government decides on matters of immigration, not the states.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas has taken to Twitter to express his opposition to allowing refugees.
This tweet caused a mostly negative reaction from his followers and media consumers alike.
An individual with the twitter handle @jonvox responded to Hutchinson’s tweet saying, “ You are a horrible man and make me embarrassed to be an Arkansan.”
Likewise, Facebook and YouTube have been flooded with political comics and videos that compare the current refugee crisis to World War II.
Those who support the relocation of refugees in the United States have compared the current government opposition specifically to the opposition towards Jewish refugees.
The dissenting opinion of the U.S. governors is less likely to be accepted by media consumers on social media because of the chilling effect of terrorism.