Editor’s Note: See the STATED REASON FOR THE BILL. Add GOP and DEMs IN COLLUSION. Equals a larger than usual tyranny & deception.
Wanting to show assertiveness in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill to block Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the U.S. unless they pass strict background checks.
In a rush before Thanksgiving to comfort nervous constituents back home, Republicans were boosted by the support of 47 Democrats, who provided enough votes to override a promised veto by President Barack Obama.
The legislation, passed by a 289-137 margin, puts pressure on Senate Democrats, whose leader, Rep. Harry Reid, believes his chamber has the votes to block the bill from being considered.
“For us to sit back and say we are being too harsh, I am here to say we have been too soft for too long, and we have emboldened terrorists,” Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., told The Daily Signal. “We are in crisis management now. I don’t want to be on the receiving line where I lost one of my constituents because they weren’t taken care of.”
Reid, D-Nev., the Obama administration, and other supportive lawmakers argue the resettlement vetting process is already rigorous, especially for Syrians, and that Republicans and moderate Democrats are trying to score political points by playing into people’s fears.
“The process that is currently in place is thorough and robust and long as it is fully implemented and not diluted, it will allow us to safely admit the most vulnerable refugees while protecting the American people,” said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the House floor.
The current vetting process for Syrian refugees can take up to two years and involves multiple agencies and an in-person interview. Just over 2,100 Syrian refugees have settled in the U.S. since 2012, according to the State Department, and the Obama administration plans to admit 10,000 this fiscal year.
The new security procedure proposed by the House bill would force the FBI director, in consultation with the secretary of Homeland Security and the director of National Intelligence, to assure Congress that every refugee admitted from Syria and Iraq is not a security threat.
Though the House refugee bill, called the “America SAFE Act of 2015,”* would only temporarily pause the resettlement program until the screening procedures are implemented, Obama insists the new checks are unrealistic to perform and would effectively mean the U.S. would close its doors to refugees fleeing war-torn countries.
“We are not well served when, in response to a terrorist attack, we descend into fear and panic,” Obama said this week. “We don’t make good decisions if it’s based on hysteria or an exaggeration of risks. Apparently they [Republicans] are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America.”
But FBI Director James Comey has told lawmakers that Syrian refugees are particularly hard to screen because the country has few criminal terrorist and criminal databases to check.
Many Republicans value Comey as an “honest” nonpartisan actor in Obama’s administration, according to Rep. John Fleming, R-La., so they are eager for him to take a more active role…
- Remember what was in the bill called the “Patriot Act”?