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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan Backs Bill to Halt Refugee Admittance, Scrutinize Security Protocols

November 17, 2015
Press Release
Legislation would require Congressional approval before any new refugees admitted to US, direct Government Accountability Office to thoroughly audit existing screening processes

Washington, DC—November 17, 2015....Congressman Dan Donovan today backed legislation to halt entry of Syrian refugees into the United States while the federal government audits security and background check protocols.

Congressman Donovan said, “The world changed on November 13. We must not be naïve about the risk of radical Islamic terror in the United States.  American security must be our top priority. I ask that the Speaker bring this legislation to the floor as expeditiously as possible. In light of the Paris attacks, there can be no further delay.”

The Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act would require affirmative approval by the House and Senate before any refugees are admitted to the United States. It would also permit Congress to block any inadequate refugee resettlement plan put forward by President Obama. Further, the bill would require the Administration, when considering the admission of refugees from Iraq and Syria, to prioritize the resettlement of oppressed religious minorities. Lastly, it instructs the Government Accountability Office to conduct a sweeping review of security gaps in the current refugee screening process.

Donovan concluded, “America has always been a compassionate nation, but our country's security comes first. The solution to the refugee crisis lies in ridding the world of ISIS and its followers – no refugee program will solve that.”