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Jerry Brown asked White House for more information on Syrian refugees

In this Nov. 2, 2015, file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks on a panel at the Fortune Global Forum in San Francisco.
In this Nov. 2, 2015, file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks on a panel at the Fortune Global Forum in San Francisco. AP

Gov. Jerry Brown pressed the White House this week to provide more information about Syrian refugees settling in California, arguing the state should act as a “check” on federal vetting procedures, Brown’s administrative secretary, Nancy McFadden, said Thursday.

McFadden’s remarks, at a Public Policy Institute of California event in Sacramento, followed a call Tuesday between senior White House officials and 34 governors about the handling of refugees.

Bloomberg reported that day that Brown and several other governors wanted access to classified information collected by the federal government in its vetting of refugees, as well as notification whenever refugees were resettled in their states. Brown’s office had previously declined to comment on the substance of the call.

On Thursday, McFadden said Brown emphasized California’s openness to refugees but insisted the federal government should be managing refugees in a “careful and wise way” and that the state should serve as a “check” on federal procedures.

Earlier this week, Brown, a Democrat, broke with many other governors by advocating that America maintain its “traditional role as a place of asylum” for refugees.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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