First Draft: John Kasich Shifts His Stand on Accepting Refugees

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PhotoGov. John R. Kasich of Ohio talked to a news media on attainment during Hopkinton Town Hall in Hopkinton, N.H., progressing this month.
Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio talked to a news media on attainment during Hopkinton Town Hall in Hopkinton, N.H., progressing this month.Credit Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist for The New York Times

Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio takes a theatre during a National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday to speak unfamiliar policy, and his remarks are approaching to showcase how fast a inhabitant confidence landscape has shifted in only a integrate of months.

Mr. Kasich, a assuage Republican presidential candidate, has struck a some-more thorough tinge than his rivals on immigration though has lurched to a right in new days on a doubt of holding in Syrian refugees.

In September, Mr. Kasich pronounced it was America’s shortcoming to take in Syrians on charitable grounds.

“I wouldn’t contend to these people, ‘You can’t come in,’ ” Mr. Kasich told Fox News.

“I mean, we’ve got a Statue of Liberty that says ‘Give us your tired, your poor.’ The people who wish to be free.”

He voiced a bit some-more privacy after that month, emphasizing a need to entirely oldster any refugees from Syria, though still expressing support for President Obama’s devise to accept 10,000 from a war-stricken country.

But after Friday’s attacks in Paris, Mr. Kasich altered his tune. In a minute to a president, Mr. Kasich has requested that a upsurge of refugees be halted and that no additional Syrians be staid in Ohio.

“The administrator is essay to a President to ask him to stop, and to ask him to stop resettling them in Ohio,” Jim Lynch, a orator for Kasich’s administration, told a Cincinnati Enquirer.

“We are also looking during what additional stairs Ohio can take to stop resettlement of these refugees.”

On Tuesday, Mr. Kasich is approaching to share his prophesy for strengthening America’s tactful alliances and compelling “fundamental Western values.” For a time being, those do not embody usurpation refugees from Syria.