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 Collins
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:
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.
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.