Rep. Zeldin Signs onto Seven Legislative Initiatives to Halt Influx of Syrian Refugees
Washington, DC –Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, and Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, announced today that he has cosponsored seven important pieces of legislation that would stop the influx of Syrian refugees into the United States, especially as a result of the fact that the federal government is not prepared to sufficiently vet these individuals. Congressman Zeldin has cosponsored:
-The Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act of 2015 (H.R.3573), which would allow Congress to block any inadequate refugee resettlement plan put forward by the President and ensure the Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Director of National Intelligence and FBI, provide new security assurances before admitting refugees into the country. Additionally, this legislation calls for the Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a sweeping review of security gaps in the current refugee screening process.
-The Resettlement Accountability National Security Act of 2015 (H.R.3314), which would immediately stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States until the GAO is able to complete a thorough examination on the costs to the federal, state and local government.
-The American SAFE Act of 2015 (H.R.3999) would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to certify that any refugee being admitted to the United States from Iraq or Syria are not security threats to the United States.
-The States’ Right of Refugee Refusal Act (H.R.4032), which would provide Governors with the option to “opt out” of participating in the Refugee Resettlement Program if they so choose.
-The American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038) would stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States until the nation’s top security officials, including the FBI Director, Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, can certify the integrity of background checks, and are able to declare each refugee, individually, does not pose a threat to the United States.
-The Defund the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Program Act of 2015 (H.R. 4031), which would completely eliminate funding for the Syrian Refugee Resettlement program.
-Legislation that would prohibit federal tax dollars from being used to admit refugees from Syria to the United States (HR 4025).
Congressman Lee Zeldin said, “The President’s current plan to accept Syrian refugees must be halted, especially, and so importantly, because we cannot identify the bad ones. I will continue to pursue any and all legislative options to prevent the President from accepting these refugees, until Congress and the American people know with confidence that they do not pose a threat. The best humanitarian victory for the innocent is to wipe out ISIS altogether.”
Monday evening, Congressman Zeldin spoke about this topic on the House floor. You can view his speech here.