Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Calls for Halt to Syrian Refugees Entering US

Nov 16, 2015
Press Release
Paris Terrorist May Have Posed as Refugee, Even FBI Director Questions Screening Process

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, today called on President Obama to impose an immediate moratorium on accepting refugees from Syria into the United States.

Noting reports that one of the terrorists may have slipped into France disguised as a refugee, Buchanan said in a letter delivered to the President that we cannot risk the lives of Americans on an imperfect screening process.

"It is clear that radical Islam is waging war against America and Western civilization," Buchanan said. "We cannot allow terrorists to seep through a porous refugee screening process to kill Americans."

Buchanan said a far more sensible approach would be to create safe zones for refugees inside Syria or in neighboring countries. He said the United States should be a part of that humanitarian effort, but not its main financier.

FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress last month that the refugee screening process was flawed.

Full text of Buchanan’s letter below:
 
 
November 16, 2015

The Honorable Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

In light of reports that one of the Paris terrorists slipped into France disguised as a refugee, I urge you today to impose an immediate moratorium on accepting refugees from Syria into the United States.

We cannot gamble with our national security and risk the lives of Americans on an imperfect refugee screening process. Even FBI Director James Comey admits we do not have the ability to adequately vet refugees from Syria.

Instead, I urge you to work with world leaders to create a safe zone for refugees inside Syria or in a neighboring country. The United States should be a part of this humanitarian effort, but not its main financier.

It is clear that radical Islam is waging war against America and Western civilization. We cannot allow terrorists to seep through a porous refugee screening process to kill Americans.

Last month, Director Comey told Senate lawmakers that “gaps” remained in the U.S.'s ability to screen the refugees, because of a lack of intelligence on the ground in Syria.

“There is risk associated of bringing anybody in from the outside, but specifically from a conflict zone like that,” Comey said.

I urge you to abandon your plan to bring 10,000 or more Syrian refugees into the United States and work with the international community to create safe zones in or around Syria.

Sincerely,

/s/

Vern Buchanan
Member of Congress