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Hartzler on Syrian Refugees

November 18, 2015
Op-Eds

We are a compassionate nation and are sympathetic to the plight of those trying to escape terror in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. However, until we can fully guarantee the safety of our citizens here at home, I cannot support continuing to freely accept refugees from unstable and war-torn countries. We must act quickly to ensure American lives are protected. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Tomorrow the House is slated to vote on the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, which I am co-sponsoring.

The bill prevents admission to the United States of any proposed Syrian or Iraqi refugee, or any proposed refugee present in Iraq or Syria at any time on or after March 1st, 2011, until the nation’s top security officials—the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the FBI, and the Director of National Intelligence— unanimously certify that the individual does not represent a security threat.

Read the bill text here.