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Hice Statement on passage of SAFE Act of 2015

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Washington, November 19, 2015 | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. This measure would require the FBI Director to verify the background of each refugee. Additionally, this measure would require the FBI Director, National Intelligence Director, and the Secretary of Homeland Security to certify that Syrian and Iraqi refugees are not a security threat. Congressman Jody Hice issued the following statement in regards to the passage of the measure:

“Once again, Congress has acted to ensure the safety of Americans. Not surprisingly, the President has issued a preemptive veto threat against bipartisan legislation that would safeguard American interests. The attacks in Paris were not a ‘setback’ as the President claims; the attacks were the enemy demonstrating their desire to wreak havoc in the West.

As a Nation that has historically welcomed immigrants, we cannot let our reputation for kindness serve as a weakness. Today’s bill would ensure that no current or former fighters in Iraq or Syria would be able to gain admittance to the United States until such a time when new vetting processes are in place. The most important job of the American government is to protect the American people. It is my hope the President will step up to the plate and act in the interest of our citizens’ safety.”

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