WASHINGTON — In the days following Tuesday’s night’s final State of the Union address by President Barack Obama, members of his cabinet will head out to events around the nation; two are headed to metro Detroit.
On Wednesday, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will travel to both Detroit and Dearborn for discussions on Syrian and Iraqi refugee re-settlements.
In recent months, several governors, including Gov. Rick Snyder, have called for — at the very least — a review of security vetting of refugees from the Middle East following the Paris terrorist attacks in November, while others have proposed closing the borders to Syrian and Iraqi refugees altogether for a time.
The Obama administration has said it plans to continue refugee re-settlements and the issue is expected to be part of the president’s final State of the Union speech.
Since the beginning of 2013, Michigan has received more Syrians resettled into the U.S. — 254 — than any but two other states, California and Texas; it has received more Iraqis than any state other than California in that time, as well.
Details of Johnson’s visit weren’t immediately available, but the White House on Sunday said he would travel to Detroit and Dearborn “to host a roundtable (discussion) with resettled Iraqi and Syrian refugees, as well as a discussion with interfaith student groups about” Homeland Security’s efforts to “counter violent extremism.”
Meanwhile, on Thursday, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was expected to attend the North American International Auto Show in Detroit “to highlight the administration’s effort to support innovation in transportation technology and the importance of investing in climate friendly infrastructure of the future.” Details of his visit also weren’t immediately available.
Obama is also scheduled to visit Detroit and the auto show next week, on Jan. 20.
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