The Daily Signal reports:
Thirty-seven Republican House members wrote a letter to House leadership this week asking them to use a must-pass spending bill as a vehicle for language that would block federal funding to refugees from Syria, the Middle East, and North Africa until national security officials can guarantee that terrorists cannot infiltrate the screening process.
[…]Ahead of his speech Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Obama submitted his annual refugee report to Congress, outlining his plan to significantly increase the U.S. commitment to resettle refugees for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.The Obama administration plans to raise the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. to 110,000 in fiscal 2017 from 85,000 this fiscal year, representing a 30 percent increase.
[…]Last month, the administration exceeded its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees during fiscal 2016, which ends Sept. 30.
More about the Republican legislators pushing back against the open-borders Democrats:
With Congress in control of the funding for refugee resettlement, Republicans say their concerns over vetting procedures for admitting refugees to the U.S. outweigh other concerns, and that they need more assurances the program cannot be infiltrated by Islamic extremists.
In calling for stronger vetting, these critics have pointed to testimony last year to Congress from FBI Director James Comey, in which he said there are challenges to how the U.S. screens refugees, specifically with the limitations in gathering intelligence in war-torn Syria.
Republicans also note recent terrorist attacks in Europe where some of the terrorists involved had posed as refugees.
“We have a new dimension on the national security front that we never faced before,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., in an interview with The Daily Signal.
“Where in the past refugees have come to the U.S. as a place of rescue and safety, now we have credible evidence that suggests that ISIS and other terror groups are trying to take advantage of our generosity and compassion. So that does necessitate a change in not only our priorities, but also the funding we allocate to this particular issue.”
Democrats are (of course) opposed to tougher screening of refugees:
Last year, the House, with the support of 47 Democrats—enough to have a veto-proof majority—passed a bill requiring tougher screening of refugees from Syria and Iraq. Senate Democrats blocked the bill from advancing, however, with only two voting to support it.
Very important to understand that this rhetoric from Democrats dismissing all concern about crime as “racism” and terrorism as “Islamophobia” really does get innocent Americans killed. This is the Democrat platform: they favor criminals and terrorists above taxpayers. This is not an exaggeration at all, for those who pay attention to their votes.
As usual, conservative senator Ted Cruz finds himself leading the fight to protect American taxpayers.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) is calling for an end to the Obama administration’s Middle East refugee program following a series of weekend attacks that appear to be acts of terrorism, according to a statement provided to the Washington Free Beacon.
Cruz, a vocal critic of administration efforts to bring tens-of-thousands of refugees from Middle Eastern countries into the United States, is calling on Congress “to prevent Americans who have traveled abroad for training from returning here, and to stop the flow of refugees from hotbeds of terrorism in the Middle East,” according to comments provided to the Free Beacon.
“Congress should act to prevent Americans who have traveled abroad for training from returning here, and to stop the flow of refugees from hotbeds of terrorism in the Middle East that President Obama is determined to bring to our country,” Cruz said. “We can’t overcome our enemies by pretending they don’t exist, and undermining our first line of defenders. Only together, clear-eyed and determined, can we defeat this foe.”
Cruz’s comments come on the heels of multiple weekend attacks that have wounded dozens of U.S. citizens. Elements of the Islamic State terror group have already claimed credit for some of the attacks.
It’s worth remembering why we have a refugee crisis in the first place. We have a refugee crisis because the majority of Americans voted to elect a President who withdrew from the Middle East in defeat. As a result, Islamic State (ISIS) formed in the power gap that our retreat created. Democrats created this crisis because Democrats wanted free condoms for all more than they wanted peace in the Middle East. They are just not good at national security or foreign policy.