UPDATE: LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's incoming Republican governor has joined governors of several states in opposing the resettlement of Syrian refugees in light of the recent terror attacks in Paris.
Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin's stance is at odds with Kentucky's current governor. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday Kentucky should do "the Christian thing" and welcome all refugees who have passed extensive background checks.
But it appears Kentucky's governor does not have much authority in resettling international refugees. Kentucky Office of Refugees director Becky Jordan said Kentucky privatized its resettlement program about 20 years ago. All federal dollars associated with the program now flow through the Catholic Charities of Louisville.
Jordan said it takes up to two years for refugees to complete an extensive vetting process, making it highly unlikely for any terrorists to slip through.
Below is the statement Governor-Elect Matt Bevin made Monday regarding the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Kentucky:
"The recent terrorist attacks in Paris serve as a warning to the entire civilized world that we must remain vigilant. It is imperative that we do everything in our power to prevent any similar attack by evildoers from taking place here in America."
"My primary responsibility as Governor of Kentucky will be to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth. This is why I am joining with other governors across the country in opposing the resettlement of Syrian nationals until we can better determine the full extent of any risks to our citizens."