Olson Votes to Keep America Safe
Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) today acted to strengthen American national-security by implementing a pause in our nationâ€™s refugee program to ensure the safety and security of Americans. Olson voted for H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, which places a moratorium on admitting Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the United States until our countryâ€™s top security officials can thoroughly vet each individual refugee to ensure he or she does not pose a threat to the United States. The House passed H.R. 4038 by a bipartisan vote of 289 - 137.
â€œWhile America is a compassionate nation, we must carefully balance our desire to help those in need with the security of American citizens,â€ Rep. Olson said. â€œThe devastating terrorist attacks in France are further proof that we must halt any refugee action until our country determines that each refugee seeking admission does not pose a threat to the safety of Americans. We have a sacred duty to protect the homeland and todayâ€™s vote honors this commitment. I urge the Senate to act quickly as well and get this bill to the presidentâ€™s desk as soon as possible.â€
H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act pauses admission of refugees from Iraq and Syria, requires an extensive background check for every refugee, and a certification that each is not a threat to the security of the United States.
- H.R. 4038 pauses the admission of refugees.
- Requires the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to ensure that each thorough background investigation can determine that a refugee is not a security threat to the United States.
- A refugee will not be admitted if FBI cannot certify the background investigation was sufficient.
- The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) must unanimously certify to Congress that a refugee is not a security threat.
- No refugees will be admitted unless Congress receives the certification that the refugee is not a threat to the security of the United States.
- DHS must submit a monthly report to Congress on the number of refugees certified and not certified.
- Requires the Inspector General of DHS to conduct a risk based review of all certifications.
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