Ahead of a classified brief with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and FBI Director James Comey on the Paris terrorist attacks, Rep. Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07) issued a statement on Tuesday afternoon announcing his support for two bills he’s cosponsoring – H.R. 3314 and H.R. 3573 – designed to stop President Obama’s refugee resettlement plan “pending a comprehensive review by the Governmental Accountability Office (GAO).”
“Reliable intelligence is unavailable about refugees from countries like Syria attempting to enter the United States,” explained Lance in a statement. “In fact, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has acknowledged gaps remain in the screening process for Syrian refugees attempting to relocate into the U.S.
“That’s why Congress must act immediately to suspend the President’s refugee resettlement program until an effective vetting and monitoring process is in place that ensures the safety of the American people. If the President will not act; Congress must,” Lance added.
The Republican-led House’s consideration of the Lance-backed measures comes as a politically and legally combustible conflict between governors – including New Jersey’s Chris Christie – refusing Syrian refugees and the Obama Administration’s John Kerry-led State Department is taking shape.
On Tuesday morning, Governor Christie authored a letter to President Obama declaring that he “cannot allow New Jersey to participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees – any one of whom could be connected to terrorism – being places in our State.”