Congressman Brian Babin (R-TX) is calling for a total suspension of the controversial refugee resettlement program following the attack of young Americans at Ohio State University carried out by a Somali refugee.
“Our refugee program has basically become a Trojan Horse,” Babin said in a Thursday radio interview with nationally-syndicated host Laura Ingraham.
“We have to take a step back and reevaluate our asylum policies that are absolutely getting Americans killed for politically correct reasons,” Babin explained, adding that the Ohio State University refugee attack “comes on the heels of another Somali refugee stabbing in Minnesota” that took place in September.
“The threat is growing. It’s time for us to wake up,” Babin added. “We’ve got to look no further than Western Europe to see the results of what happens when you have… unchecked and completely overwhelming refugee numbers.”
Babin explained that in July of 2015, he introduced a bill (H.R. 3314) which would enact a “common sense pause and suspension of the refugee program to make sure we’re not carelessly letting folks in who intend to do us harm.”
“We just want to suspend the program [and] stop the refugees. We know the dangers of it,” Babin said.
Indeed, in late 2015, instead of bringing Babin’s bill up for a vote, Speaker Ryan decided to take up Michael McCaul’s legislation, which conservatives decried as a “show vote” because even if it had passed, it would still allow President Obama to import an unlimited number of refugees from an unlimited number of countries into the United States.
Moreover, as Breitbart News’ Alex Swoyer reported at the time, Ryan’s “first major action” as Speaker of the House was to block amendments which would have strengthened McCaul’s toothless bill–including an amendment offered by Babin, which would have placed a six-month moratorium on allowing refugees into the United States.
In the past, Ryan has articulated his opposition to the concept of Babin’s refugee pause.
Following the 2015 Paris terror attack carried out by foreign migrants, Sean Hannity asked Ryan about Babin’s proposals and whether Ryan thought the U.S. should pause the refugee program. Ryan, who has a long history of supporting open borders immigration policies, said that he did not want to cancel the controversial refugee resettlement operation, declaring that we shouldn’t allow the threat of terrorism to “dictate” our refugee policy.
“We’re a compassionate country. The refugees laws are important laws,” Ryan told Hannity after the deadliest day of attacks on French soil since World War II. “We don’t want terrorists to dictate how we run—whether we have a law or not,” Ryan said.
Interestingly, following the Ohio refugee attack, the Republican Speaker has been relatively quiet about the incident.
When Ingraham asked Babin specifically about whether Ryan has addressed the attack, Babin said that he did not believe Ryan had.
“Has Paul Ryan spoke out on this issue?” Ingraham asked. “I’m doing a cursory search–I don’t see that he has spoken out on the Somali refugee issue in light of this Ohio State attack.”
“I haven’t heard him say anything about that,” Babin said.
Babin said that he personally had mentioned his concerns about the refugee program to Ryan in a private conversation with the Speaker several weeks ago– informing Ryan that pausing the resettlement operation was a “high priority” for the Trump administration as well as for Babin’s constituents. Yet apparently, Ryan did not get into specifics at that moment about how he intended to reform the program, Babin indicated.
“Our whole refugee program was sponsored by Ted Kennedy… and signed into law by President Carter in 1980,” Babin told Ingraham and her listeners. “Since then, we have absolutely in Congress relinquished our control of this program to the President, and the U.N…. and a handful of private contractors…that get paid millions of dollars.”
“It’s a joke,” Ingraham said, agreeing.
“They’ve got to cut off the money to this Catholic Charities refugee resettlement program,” Ingraham added, referring to the program that was responsible for resettling, at taxpayer’s expense, the Somali refugee who carried out Monday’s attack along with his seven family members. She went on to say:
This is just a big cash cow for them. That’s why all these Bishops are happy to take the refugees in because they make a huge amount of money off this. And it’s just absurd. It gives them power, it gives them government grants. And meanwhile we’re left to pick up the pieces. And local communities are left to assimilate people. And oftentimes they never learn English (as we’ve seen in the Somali population in Minnesota), [and] most of them live at or below the poverty line at a time when we don’t have enough jobs for native-born Americans.
Ingraham explained that Monday’s attack did not take place in isolation. “We had the refugee/asylee abuse with the Boston Marathon bomber [in 2013], we saw what happened in San Bernardino [with] bringing in the spouse with the faulty paperwork, and we saw what happened with the radicalization of the Florida nightclub attack… and all of these other attacks… the Minnesota slashing [at the St. Cloud mall in September]… It’s craziness,” Ingraham said.
“It’s incredible how we can be so willfully blind,” Babin added. “We have absolutely got to stop this program. And my bill is really the one that will put Congress back in the driver’s seat and re-establish our responsibility and control over the refugee program.”
Breitbart News reached out to Speaker Ryan’s office to ask if he now intends to champion Babin’s legislation to suspend the refugee program. Ryan’s office did not respond to Breitbart News.
A year prior to Monday’s attack at Ohio State, Breitbart sat down with Ohio Congressman and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan and asked him specifically about Babin’s bill. Breitbart asked Jordan whether the House Freedom Caucus had received any guarantees from Congressman Ryan that he would advance Babin’s bill in exchange for their support for him as House Speaker.
At the time, Jordan told Breitbart that they had not received any such guarantees from Ryan.
Jordan and other members of the House Freedom Caucus went on to support Ryan for House Speaker anyway.
After Monday’s attack, Breitbart reached out to Jordan again to ask if he now plans to call on Speaker Ryan to champion Babin’s bill to pause the refugee program responsible for the attack carried out against Jordan’s Ohio constituents.
Jordan’s office did not respond to Breitbart News’s inquiry.