Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday called for “a pause or a moratorium” on resettling Syrian refugees in the United States. A bill could be voted on this week.
“The speaker and I were talking about this yesterday,” McConnell said. “We’re talking to the White House. We’ll see what they’re open to,” he said.
There’s no way to stop him legally apparently.
It’s hard to imagine Barack Obama being open to anything that limits the numbers of refugees.
The House appears ready to back a bill authored by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) that would temporarily halt President Obama’s plan to allow thousands of Syrian refugees into the U.S. until authorities can verify that none of them are dangerous, sources told The Hill.
It would require:
- The Homeland Security secretary, in consultation with the FBI director, attorney general, and the director of National Intelligence, to affirm to Congress that every refugee being admitted is not a security threat.
- The FBI director to certify background checks have been completed for all refugees and that the background checks were carried out at the agreed-upon standard.
- An audit of admitted refugees by the Office of the Inspector General to ensure that the vetting process is working to the appropriate standard.
Since forged documents are easy to get, it’s hard to know how blocking Syrians will be sufficient but it’s better than nothing considering the real possibility of letting terrorists into the country .
The bill will be voted on this week.
A Daily Mail reporter obtained a forged Syrian passport for $2,000 in four days. If a Syrian wants to obtain a passport from another country, it’s hard to believe s/he won’t be able to do it.
There are currently 30 governors refusing to take Syrian refugees but refugees from other failed states like Libya and Iraq will continue to be admitted. McConnell said, however, “Under the law they don’t really have the authority to prevent these refugees from coming into their states.”
Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said halting the program “is a simplistic reaction to a very complicated challenge.” What does that mean? It’s very simple. If we can’t vet, we can’t admit.
Durbin has been calling for 100,000 Syrian refugees alone and was a leader in a bill to admit refugees who have provided aid to terrorists.
He tweeted this two hours ago: Those reacting to tragedy in Paris by calling to stop accepting #SyrianRefugees are shortsighted–let’s instead react w/vigilance&compassion
Don’t let terror get in the way of an agenda! He’s generous with our safety.
Durbin stirred up controversy in 2013 when he rallied with communists and anarchists on May Day. He also created a stir when he said GITMO was like a Nazi concentration camp.
He’s also left on everything, especially gun control.
Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership, on Tuesday said it may be necessary to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States. He’s waiting for tomorrow’s briefing.
Joe Manchin (W.Va.) signed a letter to President Obama Monday calling on him not to allow another Syrian refugee into the country unless federal authorities can guarantee with 100-percent assurance they are not connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The only thing I don’t understand is why we are stopping refugees from the failed state of Syria when there are other failed states and we are continuing to take them in. We currently have 1,000 FBI ISIS open investigations and we have 5 or 6 trials a month.
McConnell said the House would likely move first on legislation to halt the resettlement program and could pass a stand-alone bill instead of attaching it to an omnibus spending measure.
New York can take them all. Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will welcome all refugees.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday ISIS has 30,000 fighters and they are in 30 countries. An attack in Paris could happen here “just like that”. She thinks refugees should slow down throughout the EU and the US.