After Meeting With FBI, Hassan Still Backs 'Pause' On Refugees

Feb 22, 2016

Maggie Hassan
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Governor Maggie Hassan says she met with the FBI  Sunday to learn about security threats and says she will continue to encourage the federal government to coordinate with local homeland security officials.

But Hassan told reporters she's not ready to change her stance on Syrian refugees.

Last November Hassan called for what she termed a "pause" in resettling refugees from Syria in the U.S.

"I continue to think that it is very very important that the federal government evaluate and refine the processes that exist, not only for refugees but also for all our entryways. We are facing a new and evolving threat and it's critical."

Hassan has been the only democratic governor in the country to take such a position.

Her meeting with the FBI along with other governors took place during the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.

Hassan says the opiod crisis was major topic of conversation at the meeting.

The governors passed a resolution to work with doctors in their states to improve protocols for  prescribing narcotic painkillers.