The feds would have to give states 21 days notice before resettling a refugee
Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Ted Poe have introduced a bill that would require the federal government to notify a state 21 days before the government plans to settle a refugee there, and empowers the state to reject the refugee if the person is improperly vetted.
“The Obama Administration’s open door policy has totally disregarded the wishes of state governors who have legitimate security concerns about letting unvetted refugees in their states,” Poe said in a statement on Tuesday.
As Conservative Review has reported, the Obama administration admitted unprecedented number of refugees in the last few years of Obama’s presidency. In just the last three months of 2016 alone, the Obama administration let in 26,000 refugees. According to Pew Research, 46 percent of those refugees who skated into the United States in the past few months have been Muslim.
There are a couple of reasons why the Cruz/Poe bill should be a welcome move for states: 10 states in the country are disproportionally affected (including California, Texas, New York, and Michigan) with the resettlement of refugees, and the swift, unreliable federal vetting system is not to be trusted — as FBI Director James Comey has admitted. Texas, Cruz and Poe’s home state, became the home of nearly 1,000 Syrian refugees in FY 2016.
In 2015, 31 governors objected to the Obama administration’s plan to let in massive numbers of Syrian refugees, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Nevertheless, Texas was flooded with refugees in FY 2016.
Regarding his bill to empower states to reject refugees, Cruz said “I am encouraged that, unlike the previous administration, one of President Trump’s top priorities is to defeat radical Islamic terrorism,” and that this bill would “augment” those efforts.
Let’s hope so. The Cruz-Poe bill deserves attention in Congress, and the cooperation of the White House.