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Rep. Tom Graves Co-Sponsors Legislation to Halt Syrian Refugee Resettlement in U.S.

Press Release:

Washington, Nov 17 – Today, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) co-sponsored the Resettlement Accountability National Security Act (H.R. 3314) and the Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act (H.R. 3573), bills that address the national security concerns surrounding the Obama administration’s plan to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees in the United States.

“The horrific attacks in Paris show that Islamic terrorists are undeterred from their goal of destroying our way of life and murdering the innocent,” said Rep. Graves. “We cannot allow terrorists posing as refugees to enter our country, as one of the Paris attackers apparently did. I want to freeze the president’s refugee resettlement program until we better understand its national security risks. I also strongly support the action taken by Governor Deal to protect Georgians. A congressional task force has been established on the refugee program and I look forward to reviewing additional ideas to protect our communities and prevent terrorists from entering the homeland.”

Specifically, H.R. 3314 puts a moratorium on the president’s refugee resettlement program until the Government Accountability Office determines its national security risk and its cost to American taxpayers. H.R. 3573 requires congressional approval before the president can implement his resettlement plan and enhances the Department of Homeland Security’s refugee vetting process.

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