Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) says America cannot be the “world’s sugar daddy” and must defund the “insane” Syrian refugee resettlement program that will make America more vulnerable to terrorism.
“The only way to solve this problem is to not do something, which we have the power to do, and the thing we should not do is fund this refugee program that right now… is costing American taxpayers a little over $4 billion,” Brooks said on Breitbart News Daily (6AM-9AM ET on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125). “That’s money we don’t have, we have to borrow to get, we can’t afford to pay it back.”
He told host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon that “just from a financial standpoint, we should not be bringing in all these refugees that Barack Obama wants to foist upon the American people… because we can’t afford it and that $4 billion is an additional debt burden on our kids and grandkids. And it also inhibits our ability to take care of Americans, and that ought to be our first priority.”
Brooks said when you add the terrorism aspect on top of the financial situation, defunding the refugee program “should be a no-brainer” because “not only do we risk an insolvency and bankruptcy by continuing to spend this money we don’t have… we also now are risking an untold number of Americans being killed by this policy due to the fact that in all likelihood there will be some number of terrorists that come in with these refugees.”
Brooks called the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act that the House will be voting on today just a “drop-in-the-bucket kind of bill” that will not do any harm “except give people the false impression that Congress has acted.”
“It does so little that it does not come close to fixing the problem,” he said.
Brooks pointed out that terrorists can come in as refugees from countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, “name your Middle Eastern country,” yet “this bill only affects refugees we can identify as having originated from Syrian and Iraq” and not places like Afghanistan.
“At a minimum, if we’re going to have this kind of legislation passed that requires the Obama administration to certify to the American people that each person let in is not at risk of being a terrorist, at a minimum we ought to include every country in the Middle East in which there is a substantial presence of al Qaeda, Taliban, Islamic Statists, or any and all other Islamic terrorist groups who live for the purpose of killing people who are not Muslims,” he said.
As Breitbart News Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle has reported, the bill “simply requires one new step for Syrian and Iraqi refugee admittance and resettlement: That the Director of National Intelligence, the director of the FBI and the Secretary of Homeland Security approve any such refugees beforehand. Each of those people work for President Obama at the pleasure of the president.”
“That’s like asking Janet Napolitano to verify the border is secure,” a GOP aide told Boyle. “Of course they are going to approve them without hesitation.”
Referring to reports that found that America is also spending another $4.5 billion aiding refugees in other countries, Brooks stressed that American “cannot continue to be the world’s sugar daddy where we just give out money all over the planet.” Brooks also pointed out that “all these refugees get welfare—they don’t come to the United States of America and suddenly get a job and support themselves. They are on American welfare for years and years and years.”
“I certainly have grave concerns about whether this House of Representatives and this Senate will do what needs to be done as opposed to passing messaging bills that do absolutely nothing to solve the problem but give us the ability to go home and yell ‘hey look at me, I voted right,’” Brooks said. “It’s nice to vote right, but it’s more important to solve the problem. And the bill that we’ve got before us today does not solve the problem.”