From IJReview: As the debate rages over whether the United States should accept Syrian refugees – with dozens of governors making it clear that their states would not – one mayor has announced that his city will accept as many as 500.
While Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has reaffirmed his decision repeatedly, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has also announced that his state will accept Syrian refugees, a stance Mayor Peduto agrees with:
“It’s not going to just go away. The idea that the United States or other countries would walk away from this world effort, I don’t think is possible to do at this point.”
WTAE reports that some Pittsburgh residents are making it clear that they are not on board with the plan.
@WTAE Is he serious? I can’t believe our governor is also ‘okay’ with this, especially in light of what has recently happened.
— Meredith (@merrsaunders) November 17, 2015
— JJ (@TheFloatingDuck) November 16, 2015
@WTAE Let them live at his house then. And if any of them turn out to be terrorists can we hold him accountable too?
— Jack Hewett (@Jack_R_Hewett) November 16, 2015
It seems these commenters aren’t a small part of the city either, but appear to be part of a majority that hold this opinion:
— Aaron Martin (@WPXIAaronMartin) November 16, 2015
The backlash has reportedly been strong enough to cue an increased police presence at the mayor’s home, though police, and the mayor’s office has said that they “cannot comment on the specifics of the mayor’s security coverage.”
Peduto has noted that he does “realize people are fearful and afraid,” but adds that he “would never do anything to put this city in jeopardy.”
The mayor’s spokesman, Tim McNulty, could not be reached for comment Thursday.