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Hogan seeks halt to Syrian refugee resettlement in Md.

Hogan seeks halt to Syrian refugee resettlement in Md.

Gov. Larry Hogan asked the Obama administration Tuesday to halt any resettling in Maryland of refugees from the Syrian civil war until it is certain that they pose no threat to public safety.

Hogan issued his statement one day after he declined to join more than 20 Republican governors and at least one Democrat in taking steps to keep such refugees out of their states. He had said Monday he would wait and make a "reasoned and careful" decision.

The governor's statement Tuesday, couched as a request rather than a demand, was more measured in tone than those of many of his GOP peers, some of whom vowed to block any resettlement of refugees in their...

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