Monday, November 16, 2015
Homeland Security Chairman to Obama: Stop resettling Syrian refugees in U.S.
“In light of the terrorist attack in Paris, I call on you to temporarily suspend the admission of all additional Syrian refugees into the United States pending a full review of the Syrian refugee resettlement program.
“Our nation has a proud tradition of welcoming refugees into our country, but in this particular case the high-threat environment demands that we move forward with greater caution in order to protect the American people and to prevent terrorists from reaching our shores.
“You have proposed resettling at least 10,000 Syrian refugees – currently residing outside the Syria conflict zone in refugee camps – to the United States this fiscal year, in addition to more than 1,800 already resettled since 2011.
“We remain concerned that these resettlements are taking place without appropriate regard for the safety of the American people.
“In addition to the potential that operatives exploited asylee programs to wage their deadly attack in Paris, there have been longstanding indications that ISIS and other Islamic terrorists are seeking to exploit refugee flows into the West.
“These factors demand action and immediate reassessment of our security screening processes,” McCaul said.