PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island will welcome Syrian refugees if the federal government asks the state to act as host, Gov. Gina Raimondo said definitively Thursday amid a rising chorus of questions in the wake of the Paris attacks. While the governor previously said the state would be willing to help, religious leaders and the ACLU called on Raimondo to denounce xenophobia and welcome refugees. Local Republicans say it’s not safe for the state to host Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks, which killed 129 people. Officials have said the mastermind of last week’s attacks bragged in Islamic State propaganda of his ability to move back and forth between Europe and Syria undetected. State refugee coordinators are consulted, but that’s largely to ensure that refugees are settled in cities with adequate jobs, housing and social services.