Blue Dogs Support Ensuring FBI, Intelligence Community Coordinates Refugee Screening

Nov 18, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today the Blue Dog Coalition announced their support for H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, as currently drafted. The bill simply adds Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) review and unanimous agreement between the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and the Director of National Intelligence before refugees from Iraq and Syria are admitted to the United States.

“In the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris, we must step back and reassess our existing procedures for admitting and monitoring refugees from Iraq and Syria,” said Congressman Brad Ashford (NE-02). “I am proud of America’s legacy as a welcoming nation to people fleeing violence in their home countries, but during the process of admitting refugees from countries associated with ISIS, we have to ensure that those coming to the U.S. do not pose a threat to the American people.” 

“We live in a world where threats to our homeland have become an unfortunate part of life. This commonsense bill does not shut down the asylum process, but makes it stronger and makes it safer for America to do the right thing by accepting legitimate refugees into our country,” said Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05).

The American SAFE Act will be taken up for a vote in the House tomorrow.

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