After ISIS terrorists launched a massive attack in Paris, a list of up to 27 U.S. governors now say that they oppose President Obama’s plan to continue importing Syrian refugees into the U.S. Responding to the trend, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan added his voice to the call to “pause” Obama’s importation of possible terrorists.
On Tuesday, November 17, the Wisconsin Republican called for a pause in Obama’s intentions of greatly expanding the importation of Syrian refugees so that the House can take up the issue and vote on new legislation.
“This is a moment where it is better to be safe than to be sorry, so we think the prudent, the responsible thing is to take a pause in this particular aspect of this refugee program in order to verify that terrorists are not trying to infiltrate the refugee population,” Ryan said in a press conference Tuesday.
As CNN reports, the newly ensconced Speaker of the House announced that he is creating a task force made up of the Republican chairmen from the Homeland Security, Armed Services, Intelligence, Appropriations, Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees to craft legislation concerning the refugee issue, and to look at security measures.
Ryan said he did not want to put the matter off until the vote on a spending bill next month.
“This is not about politics. This is about national security,” he said.
The speaker had no details on what goals this task force might have set for itself, but insisted that there has to be a better plan to address national security issues.
Several members of Congress have been raising the alarm about Obama’s refugee program, saying that it endangers the country.
Republican Senator Jeff Sessions warned about this at a hearing on Oct. 2.
“Refugee resettlement also comes with security risks, as we have witnessed with the surge of ISIS recruitment among Somali-refugee communities in Minnesota,” Sessions said. “Anyone claiming to have a serious and honest discussion of refugee resettlement must ask the difficult questions about integration, assimilation and community safety.”
“We have little or no information about who these people are … no ability to determine whether they are radicalized,” the senator added.
Republican House Intelligence Committee member Peter King also noted that there really isn’t any vetting of these refugees, saying, “as a practical matter, there is no vetting.”
Meanwhile, the governors of 27 states have announced that they will oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states, though there are conflicting opinions on whether state governments have the power to prevent such a thing.