Gov. Walker: Recent arrests validate stance on rejecting refugees

News 8's Martha Koloski interviewed the governor at the Executive Residence

Governor Scott Walker is sticking to his word when it comes to refugees to settling in Wisconsin.

In a tweet Friday morning, the governor asked if people still wonder why he was against President Obama’s plan to allow 10,000 refugees from Syria into the U.S.

It comes after federal officials arrested two former refugees who have connections to terrorist organizations.

Relatives of one of the men arrested were also taken into custody in Milwaukee.

In a sit down interview Friday with News 8’s Martha Koloski at the Executive Residence outside of Madison, Walker said the latest arrests only validate his concerns.

“We’re not against refugees, we’re not against people coming in, but we need some certainty that there’s a filter to make sure that we’re not bringing in terrorists or people related to terrorists into this country, and sadly this arrest we’ve seen in the last 24 hours shows that those concerns were warranted,” said Gov. Walker.

States aren’t legally allowed to reject refugees placed by the federal government, but can deny services to aid refugees.