There is a protest in Tucson Thursday afternoon over Gov. Doug Ducey's recent comments on Syrian refugees.
On Monday Ducey—and more than a dozen more governors from around the country—said he does not want new refugees to resettle in Arizona
. He also called on Congress and President Obama to "immediately amend federal law to provide states greater oversight and authority in the administration of the placement of refugees."
"These acts serve as a reminder that the world remains at war with radical Islamic terrorists. Our national leaders must react with the urgency and leadership that every American expects to protect our citizens," he said in a prepared statement earlier in the week.
Needless to say there was some heated backlash, prompting demonstrations, such as the one the Tucson Anti-War Committee is leading Thursday at 4:30 p.m., outside the State of Arizona Building, 400 W. Congress St.
"By claiming he will refuse Syrian refugees, AZ Gov. Doug Ducey is not only threatening to violate Federal law but also threatening the lives of the existing Syrian refugee population here in Arizona and all Muslims and Arabs," the group says on Facebook. "Thanks to reactionary politicians like Ducey, Russell Pearce, and John Huppenthal and policies like HB 2281 and SB 1070, Arizona already has a climate of racism, hatred, and bigotry. This has provided the conditions for other forms of bigotry such as the white supremacist protest outside a mosque in Phoenix."
"We Tucsonans will not stand for this hatred and bigotry as this governor attempts to go rogue against Federal law, UN Human Rights, and common human decency," the group adds. "We will demand the Ducey and all the other racist Governors follow Federal law and peacefully admit refugees from all areas, most urgently from war-torn Syria."
For more information, visit the protest's Facebook page