Bill Bryant Responds to Gov. Inslee's Statement on Syrian Refugees

Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Inslee’s statement on Syrian Refugees:

Our situation today is very different from when our state welcomed Vietnamese refugees. I know. I tutored some of those refugees who arrived looking for a new life.

While most Syrian refugees are also just looking for a new start in a free country, we should not let our compassion blind us to legitimate public and personal safety concerns and to those who might take advantage of our generosity and openness.

We should act compassionately only after it is clear strict screenings have been completed.

Mike Foster