Rep. Brian Babin (R-Tx) published a press release Friday explaining the need to thwart the Refugee Resettlement Program’s ability to admit unvetted refugees from terrorist hotbeds of the world, including Syria, the Middle East, and North Africa. This action would require provisions placed in the way of a moratorium to the Continuing Resolution.
Babin expressed his concern, along with 37 other representatives, through a letter sent directly to Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McCarthy, and Chairman Rogers. The letter states,
“There is no duty of the federal government more important than ensuring the protection of the American people. We believe that we would fall short of that duty if the Congress fails to exercise greater authority over the Administration’s refugee resettlement program. We see this as an important national security concern and ask that this concern be addressed in the upcoming negotiations over funding in the FY 2017 Continuing Resolution.”
The Continuing Resolution (CR) is being voted on to extend appropriations, a stop-gap measure, until December 9th. If this passes, it would avoid a government shutdown if a vote on spending legislation could not take place prior to September 30. Supposedly the democrats favor a short-term CR, and if they want it, they will have to accept it with the moratorium on refugees attached.
Many concerned citizens called and tweeted their congressmen last week demanding a defunding of the Refugee Program. The calls were in response to President Obama requesting the number of refugees admitted in fiscal year 2017 be increased to 110,000 thousand from 85,000 this past year. No one is certain how many of that 110,000 would include refugees from terrorist sponsoring nations.
Obama’s request comes on the brink of the UN General Assembly meeting set for September 19-20 in New York. There the president will boast of his 30% increase of refugees that the US will allegedly take, unless Congress intervenes.
The final paragraph of Babin’s letter states this,
“ISIS has repeatedly declared that they would infiltrate the refugee community that is leaving the Middle East and flooding into Europe. The attacks across Europe over the past year appear to be a fulfillment of that threat. We cannot allow the refugee program to serve as a Trojan Horse threat to American national security. Our sworn duty is first and foremost to the safety and security of the American people.”
And Americans should be able to trust their representatives and senators, if nothing else, to protect their lives. But, in today’s political world it seems following the party rule and status-quo of Washington, DC is much easier. The 38 congressmen who signed the letter should be supported and lauded for their uphill battle to fight for what many see as common sense, but the majority of officials don’t share their passion.
So charge up the cell phones and get your fingers stretched because now both Houses of Congress will need encouragement to do the right thing for Americans. The House must be told to vote for the moratorium on refugees, and the Senate must be pressed to pass the spending bill with the moratorium attached.
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