8 Syrian refugees settled in Kansas in 2015

Kansas says eight Syrian refugees have settled in the state this year.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families said Monday that one Syrian refugee family settled in Wichita and the other settled in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Wichita office of the International Rescue Committee has said in the past it would be more likely that any Syrian refugees that might come to Kansas would be resettled in Wichita because there is already a well-established Syrian population living in Wichita.

But on Monday, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback issued an executive order forbidding any state agencies or organizations that receive state grant money from helping relocate Syrian refugees in his state.

The governor said the action was necessary because the federal government can’t guarantee Syrian refugees coming to America aren’t terrorists.