The Paris massacre's put the spotlight on migrants, including in the U.S. where President Barack Obama plans to accept 10, 000. Paul Chapman reports.
The Paris massacre's led several Western nations to question their willingness to accept migrants, not least in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The state governor is among those demanding a halt to plans to take 10, 000 Syrian refugees next year after Syria-based Islamic State said it was behind the Paris bloodshed. Many residents disagree. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SHAHAB KHAN, NEW JERSEY RESIDENT, SAYING: "Somebody needs to take care of them, otherwise they have no future, nowhere, and America is known for having...giving the American dream, giving a chance to rebuild their life again." (SOUNDBITE)(English) DAVE JOSEPH, NEW JERSEY RESIDENT, SAYING: "We're a nation of immigrants. My grandparents came here from Albania two generations ago. They were refugees, they were let in . We've done well here in this country. We can't close our doors." Jim Sues is executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' New Jersey chapter. (SOUNDBITE)(English) JIM SUES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NEW JERSEY CHAPTER OF THE COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS, SAYING: "The Syrian refugees are victims themselves and they should not have to pay for the sins of ISIS and victims of ISIS." House Speaker Paul Ryan says there's a Republican plan for legislation to pause the Syrian refugee programme. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN SAYING: "It calls for a new standard of verification for refugees from Syria and Iraq. It would mean a pause in the programme until we can be certain beyond any doubt that those coming here are not a threat." President Barack Obama's using his Twitter page to defend the refugee plan. He says slamming the door would a betrayal of the nation's deepest values.