"Today's announcement is nothing short of reckless and indefensible," charged Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). "ISIS has vowed to use the refugee process to infiltrate terrorists into Western nations, and has demonstrated the ability to provide them with the documentation they need to successfully obtain refugee status."
"The results have been lethal, as terrorists posing as refugees have been involved in a series of deadly attacks in Europe. Rather than heed the warnings of security experts and halt the admission of people whose identities and affiliations cannot be verified, the administration is rushing to get as many as they can into the country before leaving office," Stein continued.
FAIR is calling on Congress exercise its only option to prevent the administration from further endangering the security of the nation by cutting off funding for large-scale refugee resettlement. "Congress must include explicit language in FY 2017 Appropriations measures prohibiting the expenditure of funds on resettlement of additional Syrian refugees. If they do not act, Congress must share responsibility with the outgoing administration for the inevitable consequences of these dangerous policies."
"The United States can and should uphold our obligations to assist with international efforts to protect refugees around the world. But, given the extreme dangers posed by resettlement of people from countries where sophisticated international terrorist organizations operate openly, we must dramatically curtail refugee admissions, not increase them," concluded Stein.
Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country's largest immigration reform group. With over 250,000 members nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.
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