Specifically, Boozman and Cotton are calling for:
- a temporary moratorium on resettlement;
- a report to Congress from the President that evaluates security vetting procedures for refugees; and
- a requirement that the President certify the integrity of the security vetting process as a condition of lifting the moratorium.
“The American people have long demonstrated unmatched compassion for the world’s persecuted and endangered. But when bringing refugees to our shores, the U.S. government must put the security of Arkansans and all Americans first. No terrorist should be able to take advantage of the refugee process to threaten the United States,” said Cotton. "Before moving forward with the president’s plan to expand refugee admissions from Syria, the security screening process for refugees must be evaluated and strengthened where any gaps exist. Furthermore, the United States’s reliance on the United Nations for referrals of Syrian refugees should also be re-evaluated. That reliance unintentionally discriminates against Syrian Christians and other religious minorities who are reluctant to register as refugees with the United Nations for fear of political and sectarian retribution."
Boozman and Cotton pledge to work closely and quickly with the President and their colleagues in Congress to improve the U.S.’s refugee resettlement system and protect the safety of Arkansans and all Americans.
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