The federal government, no matter what party it is currently controlled by, does not have the right to force states to submit to its will. Our Founding Fathers specifically set up a government that included, at its core, the idea of federalism--dividing the responsibilities of government between the individual states and the central, federal government. For those worried that every state will reject the settlement of refugees in their borders, there will always be Democratic strongholds, like New York and California, among others. America will not completely turn away those in need. But the federal government does not always have the right to decide for the states what is best for each one of them. And just because a Republican holds the governorship of a state does not mean they would object completely to settling refugees in their state. Bill Haslam, the Governor of Tennessee, is a Republican, and has opposed the federal government resettling refugees in Tennessee, but he never completely ruled it out. He only asked that the refugees be given a tougher, more intensive background check before they are settled in Tennessee. That's all that Republican governors want--a more in-depth background of the people being resettled in their state.