(Photo Credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a legislation to suspend President Barack Obama’s refugee program and to tighten the screening process.
The House passed a Republican backed measure to suspend Obama’s program of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year after the dreadful terrorists attacks in Paris by Islamic State extremists, which left 129 people dead. The measure was approved on a vote of 289-137, with 47 Democrats joining in the Republican efforts.
The legislation includes strict measures in the screening process that will verify that each Syrian refugee is not a threat to American national security. The verification would require the consent of the FBI director, the Homeland Security Secretary and the director of the national intelligence.
According to Reuters, Obama’s attorney general Loretta Lynch said that the measure is impractical and impossible. She stated “To ask me to have my FBI director or other members of the administration make personal guarantees would effectively grind the program to a halt.”
Obama also said that taking in refugees from war torn nations has always been an American value and “part of the fabric of the American life.” He also said that this idea that strict screenings would prevent terrorism from entering American soil is unrealistic, because tourists enter every single day.
According to Reuters, the White House issued a statement that Obama would issue a veto if the legislation was passed in Congress. The statement said “This legislation would introduce unnecessary and impractical requirements that would unacceptably hamper our efforts to assist some of the most vulnerable people in the world. The proposed requirements would provide no meaningful additional security for the American people, instead serving only to create significant delays and obstacles in the fulfillment of a vital program that satisfies both humanitarian and national security objectives.”
If the legislation is passed in the Senate, each chamber of Congress would have to get two thirds majority in order to override a Presidential veto. The House has passed the measure with two thirds, but Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said that there was no way that the House proposed bill would ever pass in the Senate.
Additionally, ISIS militants have released a video on Thursday making threats to the White House, following a video where they also threatened to attack New York City.
Republicans are using the facts that Islamic militants have attacked the United States on September 11, 2001 and killed 3,000 people and that the Paris attack was conducted by terrorists that came to Europe through the refugee route in Greece, as suggested by one passport that was found among the terrorists.