The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. The bill prohibits refugees from Iraq and Syria to enter the United States unless the director of the FBI, Department of Homeland Security secretary and the director of National Intelligence certify that each refugee is not a security threat before the are allowed into the U.S.
Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is a co-sponsor of the legislation.
“The United States is the most compassionate country in the world. We have on numerous occasions opened our hearts and our homes to refugees escaping war and strife,” said Cramer. “However, our compassion must not be exploited at the expense of national security. The recent cowardly terrorist attacks in Paris have shaken the world like no other event since the September 11 attacks on New York City. The primary duty of the federal government is to protect Americans from harm. Admitting Syrian and Iraqi refugees without proper background checks unnecessarily places national security and American lives at risk.”