Dozens rally at the capitol to express desire, concern over refusing Syrian refugees

The Paris terror attacks have congressional republicans and many democrats raising concerns over the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States.
Dozens of people showed up to the capitol this afternoon to show their support for the governors who have said they would block Syrian refugees from entering their states. 
More than half the nation’s governors are saying Syrian refugees are not welcome in their state. 
We spoke with members of a group today who say they fully support this decision, while those who oppose say not allowing refugees into the United States is a bad idea.  
"ISIS is going to take that freedom away from us,” said Goldie Murphy. “People, you have to recognize this." 
Since the terror attacks in Paris, several states’ governors, ranging from Texas to Alabama, and even right here in Arizona are protesting the admission of Syrian refugees.
Those who oppose the refugees being relocated as part of the national program say there are potential security threats, which is something one group who was showing their support outside the capitol today agrees with. 
"We the people are no longer,” said Murphy. “Our government is running it, taking over, doing what they want to do, they aren't listening to us."  
Goldie Murphy applauds Governor Doug Ducey for his opposition. 
She says bringing in people from Syria is a danger to our community and she predicts more attacks as a result. 
"I can't understand why people don't understand, this is real, it can happen to you."    
Arizona Representative Ruben Gallego says although he understands why people have fear; it's not a good thing to act on that fear. 
As a former marine he says refusing refugees from any country could hurt our defense.   
"When we have this blanket standard, it makes it more difficult for us to go find help in these countries because they don't trust us, so that's why I warn people we shouldn't have this knee jerk reaction because it does affect our national foreign policy."  
Only about 15 hundred Syrian refugees have been accepted into the United States since 2011.
The Obama Administration announced that 10,000 will be allowed in next year.
Gallego says the authority over admitting refugees into the country rests with the federal government and not with the states.
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