Refugee Resettlement Watch

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul introduces bill to restrain Obama on Syrian refugee resettlement

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 20, 2015

Too much is happening at once!  It turns out that just as we were reporting that House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) was signing on to the Babin bill, he was introducing a bill of his own.

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Of all the countries where refugees are processed in to America, Turkey is the 6th largest sending location in the world. How can we be sure they are being properly screened? See processing country  by going here and then scroll to ‘processing country’ map:

Thanks to Suzanne for spotting this press release from Friday.  It is too soon to know what this means, however, it appears to be headed for the House Judiciary Committee (Goodlatte and Gowdy).  

So far we have not heard a word from that committee since the “consultation” with Sec. of State Kerry was held about ten days ago on the President’s ambitious plan to bring thousands of mostly Muslim Syrian refugees into the US starting on October 1.

I’m wondering if a bill like this could be added to something already headed to the House floor?

Here is the full press release from McCaul on Friday.  Hopefully we will know more tomorrow.

McCaul Introduces Bill to Give Congress Oversight of Syrian Refugee Resettlement Program

WASHINGTON, DC– Today, Congressman Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced the Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act. If enacted into law, this legislation would give the American people’s representatives the chance to vote up or down on the President’s plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States and improve the security vetting process. Specifically, this bill will:

~Require affirmative approval by both the House and Senate before any refugees are admitted to the U.S.

~Allow Congress to block any inadequate refugee resettlement plan put forward by the President.

~Require the Administration, when considering the admission of refugees from Iraq and Syria, to prioritize the resettlement of oppressed religious minorities.

~Ensure DHS, in coordination with DNI and FBI, provides new security assurances before admitting refugees into the country and for the Governmental Accountability Office to conduct a sweeping review of security gaps in the current refugee screening process.

McCaul: “Many Americans are understandably concerned about the threat posed by inadequate security screening procedures for refugee seeking entry into the United States. ISIS themselves have stated their intention to take advantage of the crisis to infiltrate the west. We have to take this threat seriously.

This bill will rein in the Administration’s refugee resettlement plans and give Congress more control over the process by requiring the Administration to get affirmative approval from Congress through the enactment of a joint resolution before any refugees may be admitted into the United States.

These important security updates to the refugee process are necessary for not only the security of the United States, but for the safety of the refugees.”


12 Responses to “House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul introduces bill to restrain Obama on Syrian refugee resettlement”

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  2. I know of no any Christian who, if they had the power to stop the recent genocide of Christians in the Middle East over the last two years, would have, or could have, simply stepped aside and do nothing, as has Obama. For this reason alone, Christian refugees from Syria and Iraqi must be accepted first, as their prosecution has been far, far worse than their Muslim countrymen.

    We may need to accept 3 million Syrian and Iraqi Christians as refugees presently being persecuted with the spilling of their blood by next year alone, with even bigger numbers to follow. But these will be real war-torn refugees: the poor, the dirty, the hungry, having nothing but the clothes on their backs, women, children and the elderly, who will have their heads lopped off if they are forced to turn back!

    We did not take in the Yasidis when they were being murdered and their women sold into slavery. We did not offer a refuge to the Christians being murdered in many places in the Middle East. It does not make sense to offer homes to economic “refugees” who could easily be ISIS members. I am totally opposed to this. Turkey, the neighbor of Syria, does not give refugees from “Syria” citizen status – – ever. Maybe we should learn from Turkey, and the other six rich Gulf countries — Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain, who have yet to offer any protection of refuge for any of their fellow religious brothern

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  3. Lets look at this with an open mind. Hussein Obama is offering to page wages and training to anyone willing to wage war in Syria. In fact he is paying about $50 million per person right now. Yet 2.5 million muslim refugees and a majority of them are men too cowardly to fight for their country and just enough guts to rape women who are seeking a better life.


  4. I am as liberal as you can get, and have taken much abuse over my INFORMED anti-immigration/”refugee” opinions, for years. I know numerous other ‘liberals’ who also see this danger. You’d have to be a damn fool to allow anti-democratic ideology into the West, in droves. We MUST sever any agreements with the UN on immigration/refugees; that is the body, (driven by it’s largest influence, an Islamic org comprised of numerous Islamic states), that have forced this on the West. Europe is a mess, having had a 20+-year headstart on this via the EU-UN handholding. Enough. The only problem with this bill is that it is specific only to ‘Syrian’ refugees; it needs to include any and all, to be effective.

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  5. national security said

    Oh I misread it. This is a different bill than Jones co sponsored. IT is giving a voice to congress about what the President decides to do. The other one put a halt on it completely until risks can be assessed.




  6. Lets hope that congress grows a pair because Kerry is already saying US to take 185,000 by 2017.


  7. Brittius said

    Reblogged this on Brittius.


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