Washington, DC | www.adc.org | November 19, 2015 – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to discriminately block Syrian and Iraqi refugees from resettlement in the U.S. on the basis of their national origin. ADC strongly condemns and is deeply disappointed in the House vote following today’s refugee hearing.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 289 to 137 to pass an anti-Refugee bill called the “American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act.” The House vote represents a vote for fear and xenophobia. It also discriminates against Syrians and Iraqis on the basis of their national origin.
The effect of this bill is to block refugees from coming to the U.S. by creating more hurdles to an already stringent process. The U.S. already has a vigorous 18-24 month vetting process for refuges. If it becomes law, this bill would require the most stringent vetting ever for refugees. It would require the nation’s three top security officials — the Homeland Security secretary, FBI director and national intelligence director — to certify to Congress that each individual Syrian or Iraqi refugee is not a security threat before the refugee can be admitted into the U.S.
President Obama released a statement opposing the bill:
“This legislation would introduce unnecessary and impractical requirements that would unacceptably hamper our efforts to assist some of the most vulnerable people in the world, many of whom are victims of terrorism, and would undermine our partners in the Middle East and Europe in addressing the Syrian refugee crisis.”
President Barack Obama has already said that he will veto the bill if passed.The bill must still be approved by the Senate before it makes it that far. It’s crucial that Senators hear from the community and know that we welcome refugees.
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- ADC continues to urge support for Syrian refugees, condemns xenophobic rhetoric from reactionary politicians
- ADC urges the Obama Administration to accept at least 100,000 Syrian refugees in 2016