Governor Deal rescinded his executive order halting the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Georgia on Monday after Attorney General Sam Olens said the order would not hold up in court.
Olens’ statement claimed the state did not have the authority to deny entry into the state nor could federally-funded benefits be denied to refugees.
Deal, a Republican, had been among more than two dozen U.S. governors who sought to block refugees from the war-torn country from their states after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, for which the Islamic State militant group claimed credit. Many Republican presidential candidates have also expressed opposition to allowing Syrian refugees into the United States.
Olens said specifically that Georgia cannot exclude refugees from particular countries.
The Obama administration has stated intent to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees to resettle in the U.S. in 2016.