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Gideon Chides LePage Over Position on Syrian Refugees

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine House assistant majority leader says the threat against America is the No. 1 priority but that "we cannot allow fear to trump reason."

Rep. Sara Gideon used the Democratic weekly address to attack Gov. Paul LePage and other Republican governors who expressed opposition to receiving Syrian refugees.

She said that the U.S. must protect its safety and security "but we must do it while also standing up for our values as Americans." Gideon said Syrian refugees are victims of the same terrorists the U.S. are fighting.

LePage said Monday that it'd be "irresponsible" to let Syrian refugees into America because they could be a threat to the country's security. He said he will "adamantly oppose" any attempts to place Syrian refugees in the state.

Correction: In an earlier version of this story, The Associated Press erroneously reported the position of state Rep. Sara Gideon. Gideon is the Maine House assistant majority leader, not the majority leader.