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Congressman Jim Bridenstine on Syrian Refugees

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Washington, November 16, 2015 | comments

President Obama’s premature and politically motivated withdrawal from Iraq led to the Islamic State’s creation.  The Islamic State is now exploiting a humanitarian crisis in Iraq and Syria to infiltrate terrorists into the West.  Press reports indicate that at least one ISIS terrorist involved in the recent Paris attacks was registered as a refugee with Greece.  

The United States is a welcoming country, but we’re under no obligation to jeopardize our national security to admit refugees from Syria or anywhere else.  President Obama wants to resettle over 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States.  The horrific ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris demonstrate that resettling any Syrian refugees could endanger national security.

At this point, the United States has no way of credibly screening potential Syrian refugees for terrorist affiliation.  President Obama’s FBI Director, James Comey, admitted this fact to Congress last month.  President Obama should stop all Syrian refugee resettlement activity immediately.  Congress should defund all Syrian refugee processing and resettlement programs. 

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