Washington – Today, with Congressman David Rouzer’s support, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. This bill halts the admission of any proposed Syrian or Iraqi refugee to the United States, or any proposed refugee present in Iraq or Syria at any time on or after March 1st, 2011, until our 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.
“The barbaric terrorist attacks conducted by ISIS within the last week bring into clear focus the need to strengthen our national security by halting the importation of refugees from Iraq and Syria.
This is a new day and time, and these refugees are not refugees of past years. The safety of our citizens and our country must remain the top priority. The American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act is a first step to protecting our country from future harm and ensuring that potential terrorists do not slip through the cracks of our refugee process. I urge the Senate to pass and the President to sign this legislation immediately.”
H.R. 4038 puts in place the most robust national-security vetting process in history for any refugee population, and it gives the American people the assurances needed that we will do everything possible to prevent terrorists from reaching our shores.
Under this legislation, no Syrian or Iraqi refugee may enter the United States until the American people’s representatives in Congress receive certifications from the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence that they pose no threat to our homeland. It also creates an additional layer of protection by requiring the DHS Inspector General to independently assess the refugee approvals.
H.R. 4038 passed the House by a vote of 289-137. Congressman Rouzer is a cosponsor of the bill.