Fear is the most likely motivator behind the opposition to resettlement, said Farnsworth, who is a professor of political studies at UMW.
“American politics continues to live in the shadow of 9/11,” he said. “The concerns and fears that were an outgrowth of what happened on Sept. 11 continue to affect politics and the attacks in Paris strike a chord with those who remember what happened in 2001 in this country.”
He expects that opposition to resettlement will grow as presidential candidates have now weighed in on the issue.
“The conversation about refugee resettlement in America is just getting started,” he said.