Pittenger: Congress acts to protect American people
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER VOTES TO IMPROVE SCREENING OF SYRIAN REFUGEES, TEMPORARILY HALT ADMISSIONS
WASHINGTON – By a bipartisan vote of 289-137, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act (H.R. 4038), introduced by Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul and sponsored by Congressman Robert Pittenger.
- Temporarily suspends the admission of refugees from Syria and Iraq, based on intelligence that ISIS is exploiting the refugee crisis to insert terrorists into the U.S. and Europe.
- Requires the FBI to certify the background check of each new refugee.
- Requires the Homeland Security Secretary, FBI Director, and Director of National Intelligence to certify to Congress that each new refugee is not a security threat.
- Requires an independent assessment by the Homeland Security Inspector General to ensure high-risk individuals do not slip through.
“President Obama is already threatening to veto our legislation, yet it’s the failure of his ‘no strategy’ policy that brought us to this point. These refugees should have been protected with a no-fly zone and safe haven instead of being forced to flee.
“Congress is acting decisively to protect the American people, while still welcoming individuals who are not a threat.”
Congressman Pittenger (NC-09) is Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, and Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing.