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Ga. congressmen issue statements regarding ISIS threat


Rep. Tom Graves Co-Sponsors Legislation to Halt Syrian Refugee Resettlement in U.S.

Statement from Doug Collins below
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) co-sponsored the Resettlement Accountability National Security Act (H.R. 3314) and the Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act (H.R. 3573), bills that address the national security concerns surrounding the Obama administration’s plan to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees in the United States. 

“The horrific attacks in Paris show that Islamic terrorists are undeterred from their goal of destroying our way of life and murdering the innocent,” said Rep. Graves. “We cannot allow terrorists posing as refugees to enter our country, as one of the Paris attackers apparently did. I want to freeze the president’s refugee resettlement program until we better understand its national security risks. I also strongly support the action taken by Governor Deal to protect Georgians. A congressional task force has been established on the refugee program and I look forward to reviewing additional ideas to protect our communities and prevent terrorists from entering the homeland.”

Specifically, H.R. 3314 puts a moratorium on the president’s refugee resettlement program until the Government Accountability Office determines its national security risk and its cost to American taxpayers. H.R. 3573 requires congressional approval before the president can implement his resettlement plan and enhances the Department of Homeland Security’s refugee vetting process.

From Congressman Doug Collindougcollinss

Open borders are dangerous


Our thoughts and prayers go out to France and all who lost loved ones in the cowardly Radical Islamic Terrorist attack on unarmed civilians. It is a sobering reminder that ISIS is alive and well and expanding its infiltration of Europe. Despite the President’s assertions that ISIS is “contained,” the disturbing reality coming out of France needs to be a wakeup call to our public policy makers. There are a few key points I’d like to share:
1. Radical Islamic Terrorism a real threat and it is expanding. ISIS is recruiting new members daily, training and arming them, and their goals are clearly defined. They want to destroy all who do not share their religion and twisted world view. They are out to kill us, all of us. Our national security and national defense are more critical than ever.
2. Europe’s open-borders policy is dangerous and ISIS has seized the opportunity to take advantage of humanitarian concerns as a conduit to export terrorism. When our own FBI admits we cannot adequately screen Syrian refugees for ties to terror, maybe we should consider the wisdom of letting them in.
3. The left’s push for open-borders and amnesty is dangerous. 

While the Democrats advance an agenda of Government “giving” away more and more in the form of programs, the financial burden this is placing on all our taxpayers and our children is unsustainable. The financial stability of our nation is being actively undermined. We have too many of our own citizens looking to government for handouts. When we talk about amnesty, sanctuary cities, and “free healthcare” for all, we are putting a sign up saying come one, come all, we have your free stuff! This is dangerous. Thankfully, Georgia has a governor willing to put our security first.
I assure you that I will continue to do all I can in Washington to raise awareness of these issues and to stand for the long-term security of our Nation. We are united in this effort. I heard from many of you over this past weekend who feel very strongly about this.


news watcher
-2 #1 news watcher 2015-11-18 07:42
Those suspects all turned out to be from France and Belguim so the closed borders would have done no good.
Typical government instead of fixing and improving existing intelligence and law enforcement, let's grandstand.
+1 #2 Skip 2015-11-18 15:53
Reuters has a report out indicating that Adelhamid Abaaoud has boasted about the ease with which he could travel from Syria back to Belgium and the rest of Europe.

It's generally agreed at this point that there was an intelligence failure, particularly considering that some of the terrorists had been on various "lists" by France and other governments (including the U.S.).

If you think putting the brakes on allowing "refugees" into the U.S. with no vetting is a good idea .... I respectfully disagree.
pinto colvig
-1 #3 pinto colvig 2015-11-18 17:45
Mr. Graves is obviously aware, even if his constituents are not, that this is the textbook reaction that savage dictators have had to external threats throughout history. The goal of people like Graves, Hitler, and others is to drum up blind nationalism and exploit the people's patriotism so these rulers can gain more power and make a big show about how they're providing safety. Everyone remember, when the Reichstag blew up, Hitler's and the Nazi Party's first reaction was to close Germany's borders even though the attacker was a local, just like Mr. Graves wants to do.
big frank
-2 #4 big frank 2015-11-18 20:10
We need to keep an eye on who is coming in to the country. But anyone is naive if they think we can somehow magically keep all the terrorists out just by closing the border. It's like the dutch kid who thought he could save the dam by sticking his finger in it. Or the Chinese who thought the Great Wall would stop the Mongols or the Roman who built the wall across Great Britain or the Seven Kingdom who thought "the wall" would keep the wildlings out or U.S. isolationist policy in World War I or the Aztecs who never thought anyone would reach their island capital of Tenochtitlan or Sauron with the Black Gates of Mordor -- well y'all get the point.

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