Hudson's Syrian Refugee Strategy to Receive House Vote

November 18, 2015
Hudson’s Syrian Refugee Strategy to Receive House Vote
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) responded to the House GOP task force’s use of his legislation to address President Obama’s plan to take in Syrian refugees:
"I was glad to work with Chairman McCaul on my reasonable approach to stop the open flow of 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States without adequate vetting. Our top responsibility is to protect the American people and this common sense approach is one step necessary to do just that.
"America is a compassionate nation. No country on Earth does more or spends more to care for our fellow man. But being compassionate doesn't mean we have to have reckless policies that put American lives at risk."
On Monday, Rep. Hudson introduced the American SAFE Act (H.R. 3999) a common sense, reasonable bill that would halt the administration’s plan to take in thousands of refugees from Iraq and Syria until it can assure no terrorists or individuals with radical sympathies or views will be admitted. Rep. Hudson’s strategy, as well as critical requirements from the legislation, was used as the foundation of H.R. 4038, which was introduced last night by Rep. Hudson and Chairman McCaul and is expected to be voted on by the House on Thursday. The bill will require:
  1. The FBI Director to certify background checks have been completed for all refugees and that the background checks were carried out at the appropriate standard.
  2. The Secretary of Homeland Security, with unanimous concurrence of the FBI Director and the Director of National Intelligence, to affirm to the appropriate Congressional Committees that every refugee being admitted is not a security threat.
  3. An audit of all admitted refugees by the Office of the Inspector General to ensure that the vetting process is working to the appropriate standard.
  4. A monthly report from the Secretary of Homeland Security to the appropriate Congressional Committees on the number of refugee applications submitted every month and the number of refugees not admitted and why each refugee was not admitted. 
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