N.J. Congressman calls for suspension of Obama’s Syrian refugee program

Syrian refugee camp on the Turkish borderBy The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

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.

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In the past 24 hours, Serbian police arrested a man with Syrian passport matching that of one of the Paris terrorists.

“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 Christierefusing 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.”

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10 thoughts on “N.J. Congressman calls for suspension of Obama’s Syrian refugee program

  1. I do not think people even understand the process of admitting a refugee into the US.

    Considering our current GOVERNMENT FUNDED refugee migration efforts and welfare state, there’s plenty reason I (a libertarian/anarchist) am not fond of it. The state does not simply subsidize their screening and transportation; they do not simply subsidize dropping them off in America. Though that in itself something I have a problem with (because it’s done by the state), that isn’t the entire issue.

    After being cleared to come to the US, refugees are sponsored by federally funded resettlement agencies. Through the state and these federally funded settlement agencies, refugees are given cash, housing, language learning services, clothing, food and medical assistance right off the bat. Though they are expected to work (the state/resettlement agency helps with employment services as well), they have access to all of which I just named… right off the bat. The government subsidizes this directly through public assistance, through the federally funded resettlement agency, or both.

    So what we have here, is a blatant confiscation (As anything done by the state is) of private property (money) and distributing it to refugees who have access to this before they even have a job and their OWN income taxed.
    Let it be known, I’m not against the “Saving” of a refugee. I feel as if that should be your right to do. However, you and/or your colleagues should be the ones footing the bill. As with everything else, it should be voluntary interactions. Right now, it is involuntary.

    I do not apply voluntarism only when it is convenient.

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