A slew of states are saying they'll refuse Syrian refugees, but they might have 'no legal authority'

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What Can Governors Do to Block Syrian Refugees? Not Much


In what seemed like a domino effect, governors in more than 15 states have suggested over the past 48 hours that they will no longer admit Syrian refugees.

Their reactions have come in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, which left at least 129 dead, and revelations that one of the suspects in the attacks was found with a Syrian passport — though its authenticity has yet to be confirmed.

But a number of immigration-law experts say that even if a state refuses to cooperate with the federal government, governors won't technically be able to bar the resettlement of refugees in their states.

"States have absolutely no legal authority to bar someone who is granted refugee status from entering their state, since it's federal law that determines whether someone is a refugee," Greg Chen, director of advocacy at the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told Business Insider on Monday.

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A slew of states are saying they'll refuse Syrian refugees, but they might have 'no legal authority'
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, Syrian refugee Mahmoud Naoura, 30, who came from Aleppo, Syria, poses for a picture while holding his daughter Huda, 5, who was injured in 2012 by a government bombing on their home which made her lose her sight, shortly after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. Naoura said âI just want to cure my daughter. Huda will see again, inshallah, and when she will open her eyes I want her to see a safe environment around.â (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, Syrian refugee Raghad Faleh, 8, who came with her family from Idlib, Syria, poses for a picture while holding a balloon given to her by volunteers, a few hours after she and her family arrived on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. âMy feet are killing me from pain, I walked a lot,â Faleh said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, Syrian refugee Ali Shaheen, 62, and his wife Abeer, 52, who came from the countryside of Damascus, Syria, pose for a picture shortly after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. âMe and my wife are old and we canât walk, we were mistreated in Turkey, we are so tired," Ali said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, Syrian refugee Alaâaldeen Mohammed, 25, who was injured in 2013 in a government bombing that burnt his upper body and face, who came from Aleppo, Syria, poses for a picture shortly after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. âIn Germany, they can cure the burns from my injury following a government airstrike in 2013 that I have all over my upper body," he said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, Iraqi refugee Mohammed Sadoun, 39, and his wife Suhad, 35, who came from Mosul, Iraq, pose for a picture with their children from right, Abdulrahman, 9, Abdullah, 3, and Hadeel, 11, shortly after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. âWe had to run from Islamic State, IS, death will reach us all if we donât. I wish to reach Germany where humanity exists, and my children will grow up with a bright future,â Mohammed Sadoun said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, Afghan refugee Abdullah Hussein, 39, and his daughters Satara, left and Rukhsara, who came from Mazar-i Sharif, Afghanistan, pose for a picture after spending the night at a collection point in the truck parking lot of the former border station on the Austrian side of the Hungarian-Austrian border near Nickelsdorf, Austria. "I don't know which country I am going to or will end in, I just want my children to have a future. In Afghanistan we are in war for the last four decades, but no one paid us attention, we live a tough life and no one cares for us and we are stuck, I just want to provide a good future to my children, after this trip there is no turning back to Afghanistan,â Hussein said (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, Afghan refugee Fatima Rezai, 10, who came with her parents from Mazar-i Sharif, Afghanistan, poses for a picture while waiting on a bridge after spending the night waiting for their registration and transport by German police to a refugee shelter in Freilassing, Germany. "Life in Afghanistan is so scary especially for girls, I was so afraid in this trip was so difficult and long walking, I am hoping to become a doctor in Germany and help people,â she said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, Syrian refugee Abdulwahab Alabdullah, 5, who came with his family from Aleppo, Syria, poses for a picture while waiting on a bridge after they spent the night waiting for their registration and transport by German police to a refugee shelter in Freilassing, Germany. "I am so cold waiting with my father and mother and younger brother from two days in this bridge," he said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, Syrian refugee Jamal Almasri, 54, who came from Damascus, Syria, wraps himself and his granddaughter with a shawl to shelter from the morning cold as he poses for a picture, after spending the night at a collection point in the truck parking lot of the former border station on the Austrian side of the Hungarian-Austrian border near Nickelsdorf, Austria. Almasri said, "We met death, we just want to have a life, any life with a rooftop and a shelter. Our lives are over, what matters is the children.â (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, Iranian Hamideh Salehi, 38, center and her children Ali, 6, left, and Hussein, 2, who came from Mashhad, Iran, pose for a picture in a shelter where they took refuge near Graz, Austria. "Weeks of walking was very difficult for my children, the cold in the nights, we were hungry and thirsty, we walked for so long and I had to carry my children. I am happy I am here at this shelter in Austria, I dream of freedom and a good education for my kids that's all I want," Salehi said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, Syrian refugee Osama Bakir, 5, who came with his parents from Aleppo, Syria, holds his toy while posing for a picture in a shelter near Graz, Austria. "We are going to Germany," he said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, Iraqi refugee Sajjad Hussein, 5, who came with parents from Basra, Iraq, poses for a picture while waiting to board a train in Celje, Slovenia. âI am going with my family to Sweden, can't wait to arrive,â he said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, Syrian refugee Farah Alkuled, 18, who came with her parents from Daraya, Syria, holds her cat Jack while posing for a picture at the train station to board a train in Celje, Slovenia. âWe walked a lot, we suffered a lot in Macedonia and Serbia, we were not treated like humans. I just want to be in Germany, hoping to study and become a human rights activist and help people. Also we have relatives there. Our country is destroyed, itâs time to have a life and peace, it was a life or death trip from the moment we left," she said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, Afghan refugee Bibi Gul Ali, who came from Herat, Afghanistan, poses for a picture while hoping to board a train at the station in Tovarnik, Croatia. "I am a widow, I am alone I don't know where I am going,â she said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, Syrian refugee Radwan Shtaiwi, 8, who came from Deir el-Zour, Syria, poses for a picture while he and his family are hoping to board a train at the station in Tovarnik, Croatia. "I wish to go to Germany to see my father who had been there for a year, I just want to be with my dad again and my mother is a teacher and I wish she will find work and go to the same school with her," he said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, Syrian refugee brothers from right, Sarokan Nasser, 8, Hussam, 6, Ali, 10, who came with their father from al-Hasaka, Syria, pose for a picture while waiting in hope of boarding a train at the station in Tovarnik, Croatia. "We are going to Germany to join our mother and sister who went a month ago. We just want to grow up in a good country,â Ali said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, Syrian refugee Sabha Nasser, 62, who came from al-Hasaka, Syria, carries her belongings on her head as poses for a picture, after crossing the Serbian-Hungarian border near Roszke, southern Hungary. âWe had to flee our homes, the shelling is endless. I am old and I need peace. These last 15 days on the road were so humiliating and so miserable I just hope tomorrow will be better," she said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, Syrian refugee Waleed Mohammed, 30, who came from Aleppo, Syria, holds his 9-month-old son Omar while posing for a picture after they crossed the Serbian-Hungarian border near Roszke, southern Hungary. "Whatever it takes I have one goal, a safe and better future for my wife and two children. The cold water didn't matter and the brutality of the police in Macedonia, I can see my wife and child traumatized but hopefully they will have a better future in Sweden,â he said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, Syrian refugee Yasmeen Alhawal, 5, who came with her father Khalil from Aleppo, Syria, poses for a picture holding a bag of her belongings as they make their way through the railway at the Serbian-Hungarian border near Roszke, southern Hungary. âWe just want to go to a country that treat us like humans. Our homes were destroyed, daily terrified not only from Bashar Assad but also from Islamic State, IS," said Yasmeen's father, Khalid Alhawal. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, Syrian refugee Hussein Sbaih, 18, who came from Damascus, Syria, carries his cousin Saifuallah, 7, whose legs are broken, while posing for a picture after they crossed the Serbian-Hungarian border near Roszke, southern Hungary. "My cousin's legs are broken and I had to carry him for long distances I am so tired and lost and have no clue where we are going,â Sbaih said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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Officials at other resettlement agencies agreed.

"Governors and state officials do not have the capability to prevent a refugee who is here and admitted lawfully to the U.S. from residing in their state. It is not something they can do," Lucy Carrigan, a spokeswoman for the International Rescue Committee, told The Washington Post.

Since the governors of Alabama and Michigan called for US President Barack Obama to halt the admission of refugees to the US over the weekend, many states have followed in their footsteps — to varying degrees.

Some states, like Louisiana and New Hampshire, have requested that the Obama administration stop admitting refugees into the US, but have not said that they will take explicit steps to block refugees from settling in their states. Others, like Illinois, have said outright that they are examining legal ways to halt the resettlement of refugees within their borders.

Chen told Business Insider that it's unclear how states could block resettlement, as the federal government has overwhelming authority over immigration enforcement and refugee resettlement.

The state mostly plays a facilitating role in helping refugees settle, often directing federal money toward local nonprofits and religious-aid groups that then use that money to provide limited assistance for resettlement. Chen said that if states refuse to direct money to organizations to carry out resettlement, they could find themselves in contract violations.

Further, some experts contend that the refugee-application system is incredibly slow and rigorous, and argue that it would be an unwieldy system to exploit.

Background checks — which involve biometric screenings, in-person interviews, and in some cases screenings by multiple US intelligence agencies — and health screenings for refugees seeking asylum from conflicts in the Middle East often keep potential refugees waiting for years before they reach the US.

"Refugee status is the single most difficult way to come to the US. It makes no sense for a terrorist to try to use the resettlement process for an attack," Dave Bier, president of the libertarian advocacy group Niskanen Center, wrote in a blog post on Monday.

"It takes a great deal of time, and it wouldn't make sense for someone who is a terrorist for someone to go through that process. There are going to be easier ways for a terrorist to try to infiltrate, rather than going through the refugee resettlement program."

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Syrian refugee child Jana Makkiyeh, 3, whose family comes from Damascus, Syria, holds a teddy bear while standing near her family's tent at a makeshift camp for asylum seekers in Roszke, southern Hungary, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Leaders of the United Nations refugee agency warned Tuesday that Hungary faces a bigger wave of 42,000 asylum seekers in the next 10 days and will need international help to provide shelter on its border, where newcomers already are complaining bitterly about being left to sleep in frigid fields. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
A Syrian refugee woman and her daughter, right, sleep while waiting in a bus before being taken by Hungarian police to board a train to the Austrian border, in Roszke, southern Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. With Hungary cracking down, desperate people fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere struggled to make it into the country, hoping to reach Western Europe before it was too late. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
A young Syrian boy is wrapped with a thermal blanket as he arrives with others at the coast on a dinghy after crossing from Turkey, at the island of Lesbos, Greece, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. The island of some 100,000 residents has been transformed by the sudden new population of some 20,000 refugees and migrants, mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Afghan child Sohrab Naveed, 1, whose family comes from Kabul Afghanistan, is held by his mother while waiting with others to get into a bus that will take them to the center for asylum seekers, after crossing the Serbian-Hungarian border near Roszke, southern Hungary,Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. At least four countries Friday firmly rejected a European Union plan to impose refugee quotas to ease a worsening migrant crisis that Germany's foreign minister said was "probably the biggest challenge" in the history of the 28-nation bloc. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
A Syrian boy tries to warm up himself near the border train station of Idomeni, northern Greece, as he waits with his family to be allowed by the Macedonian police to cross the borders on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Greece is Europe's main entry point for people arriving by sea, as the alternative route from north Africa to Italy has become increasingly dangerous due to fighting in Libya. From Greece, the migrants move north through the Balkans, hoping to gain asylum, preferably in Germany, the Netherlands or Scandinavia. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)
Migrant and refugee children lie on the ground during a demonstration to protest against Turkish police blocking the access to the road and the ticket office for the Turkey-Greece border towns on September 15, 2015 at Istanbul's Esenler Bus Terminal. Over half a million migrants have crossed the European Union's border so far this year, up from 280,000 in 2014, the bloc's Frontex border agency said on September 15, 2015 -- but warned some people may have been counted twice. AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL (Photo credit should read YASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images)
ROSZKE, HUNGARY - SEPTEMBER 13: A young boy wraps up to keep warm as migrants wake up to a cold morning at the Hungarian border with Serbia on September 13, 2015 in Roszke, Hungary. A record number of 4,000 people crossed the Hungarian border with Serbia yesterday. Migrants are rushing to the border due to fears that the borders will soon close before the official closure of midnight on Monday, September 14th. Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called 'Balkans route' has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then travelling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary. The number of people leaving their homes in war torn countries such as Syria, marks the largest migration of people since World War II. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
SANLIURFA, TURKEY - OCTOBER 28: (TURKEY OUT) Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani look on near makeshift tents in a camp in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province October 28, 2014. Kurdish fighters, supported by US-led air strikes, have fended off the Islamic State militants offensive into the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani for the last 44 days but remain ill equipped and short on ammunition. (Photo by Kutluhan Cucel/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - JULY 02: Mother of Syrian child refugee 8-year-old Ahmet Kedru, with partial thickness burns on the face, Aisha Kedru weeps as her son demands support for an aesthetic surgery from Turkish doctors to return to the old days on July 02, 2015 in Aleppo's district Azaz. When Ahmet and his family members were inside of a tent that they take shelter in at Azaz district, the tent is burned out. Fire damaged both him and his mother. (Photo by Kerem Kocalar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Syrian refugees wait for transportation after crossing into Turkey from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, on June 10, 2015. Thousands of people crossed from Syria into Turkey on June 10 to flee a battle pitting Islamist insurgents against Kurdish and opposition forces for the Syrian border town of Tel Abyad. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
SANLIURFA, TURKEY - JUNE 06: A Turkish soldier carries a Syrian girl as she crosses into Turkey with her family from the borderline in Akcakale district of Sanliurfa on June 06, 2015. Hundreds of Syrians who fled from Syria after clashes between Syrian government forces and opponents in Rasulayn region of Al-Hasakah, have crossed into Turkey since Wednesday. (Photo by Halil Fidan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A Syrian refugee woman sits as a child sleeps near her early in the morning on Taksim Square, Istanbul, on May 26, 2015. Britain's David Cameron and Russia's Vladimir Putin have agreed to re-start talks on finding a solution to the crisis in Syria, a statement from Cameron said on May 25. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian Kurdish boy peers as children take lessons on November 10, 2014 in a makeshift school tent in a refugee camp in the town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province. Turkey's maintained an 'open door' policy for all those fleeing Syria's civil war and there are now over 1.5 million Syrian refugees living in the country. More than 280,000 Syrian refugees are living in refugee camps, mostly in the southeast, according Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINI (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Kurdish people watch the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, from the Turkish border in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province, on October 18, 2014. Turkey is turning a deaf ear to insistent pressure to take a more pro-active stance in the fight against Islamic State (IS) jihadists, adding to existing strains with the West under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Western diplomats have repeatedly made clear they want to see the key NATO member play a key role in the coalition against the militants, who are battling for the Syrian town Kobane just a few kilometers from Turkey. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A child cries as Syrian Kurdish people arrive after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey after several mortars hit both side in the southeastern town of Suruc, in the Sanliurfa province on September 29, 2014. Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey fleeing an onslaught by the Islamic State (IS) group that prompted an appeal for international intervention. Some of the refugee now want to return to protect their homes and join the fight against IS militants. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Refugees buy tickets at the port of Mitylene on the northeast Greek island of Lesbos to get on board a ferry traveling to Athens, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. This island of some 100,000 residents has been transformed by the sudden new population of some 20,000 refugees and migrants, mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
Afghan refugees play with a baby at the port of Mitylene on the northeast Greek island of Lesbos while waiting to board a ferry traveling to Athens, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. The island of some 100,000 residents has been transformed by the sudden new population of some 20,000 refugees and migrants, mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
A group of migrants scan the border area from an abandoned military watch post by the border between Serbia and Hungary, near the village of Horgos, Serbia, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Record numbers of migrants fleeing violence and poverty in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea are trying to reach Europe this year, despite the risks of perilous sea crossings and little humanitarian assistance. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Syrian refugees wait at the port of Lesbos island, Greece, to board a ferry traveling to Athens, on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. The island of some 100,000 residents has been transformed by the sudden new population of some 20,000 refugees and migrants, mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Eight-month-old Maria and her father Ibrahim from near of Damascus, Syria, look out of the window during their trip by train from Salzburg, Austria, in Munich, Austria, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Since four month they are on their way from Syria via Budapest, Vienna to Germany. (AP Photo/ Kerstin Joensson)
In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, Syrian men rest as they travel by train from Belgrade to the northern Serbian town of Subotica. The vast majority of migrants are from Syria and Afghanistan, reaching the eastern Aegean Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast, before heading north to cross the border with Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary and onwards to more prosperous European countries. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
A migrant from Syria sleeps at a park in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Thousands of migrants, including many women with babies and small children, have crossed into Serbia over the past few days and are heading toward Hungary and the E.U. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
A young migrant woman from Syria looks from a window onboard a train towards Serbia, at the new transit center for migrants on the border with Greece, near southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Thousands of migrants have poured into Macedonia and board trains and busses that are taking them a step closer to the European Union. Police are letting the migrants pass across the border Monday, directing them to the new transit center for migrants near the border line. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
Eight-month-old baby Nejmi, from Aleppo, Syria, sleeps on a sidewalk near Basmane train station in the coastal city of Izmir, Turkey, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. The migrants hope to make it to Greece in boats and eventually reach wealthier European countries north. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)
A migrant from Syria waits at the port of Kos island, Greece, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, after she and others were rescued by Greek Coast Guard while they were trying to cross from Turkey to Greece on a dinghy. Greece and Italy are the main points of entry into the European Union for refugees and economic migrants from the Middle East and Africa hoping to reach other European Union countries. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
In this Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 photo, a Jordanian soldier carries a Syrian child arriving in Jordanian territory in the Roqban reception point near the northeastern Jordanian border with Syria, and Iraq, near the town of Ruwaished, 240 km (149 miles) east of Amman. The commander of Jordan's Border Guard told The Associated Press that 199 refugees crossed from Syria into Jordan on Thursday. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
In this Wednesday, July 22, 2015 photo, Syrian refugee Eidah Hassoun, 36, sits with her children inside their tent at an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan. More than 10,000 children have died in Syria's four-year conflict, while over 2.8 million in and out of the country donât go to school, according to the U.N. children's agency, UNICEF. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
A Syrian refugee carries a baby after crossing over the broken border fence into Turkey from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, June 14, 2015. The mass displacement of Syrians across the border into Turkey comes as Kurdish fighters and Islamic extremists clashed in nearby city of Tal Abyad. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Under the watchful eye of Turkish soldiers, top, Syrian refugees are stuck after breaking the border fence and crossing into Turkey from Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, June 14, 2015. The mass displacement of Syrians across the border into Turkey comes as Kurdish fighters and Islamic extremists clashed in nearby city of Tal Abyad. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Syrian refugee children sit on the ground inside their tent home as they take their dinner at a Syrian refugee camp, in Deir Zannoun village in the Bekaa valley, eastern Lebanon, on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. A snow storm is expected to hit Lebanon Monday affecting Syrian refugees, many of whom live in tents without heating. The government estimates there are about 1.5 million Syrians in Lebanon, about one-quarter of the total population. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
A Syrian Kurdish refugee child from the Kobani area eats bread at a refugee camp in Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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