Rep. Walter Jones: Congress Must Defund Obama’s ‘Reckless’ Refugee Plans

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) speaks during a press conference on U.S. House bill H.R. 428 in the Cannon House Office Building on March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. The bill would make public 28 pages, currently classified, that were removed from the congressional investigation's report on the terrorist attacks …
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Congress must block funding for the Obama administration’s Middle Eastern refugee resettlement plans when it appropriates money before the end of the year, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) says.

“It is reckless for the Obama administration to allow radical Muslim Middle Eastern ‘refugees’ to settle in the United States or come through our open borders and put American lives at risk,” Jones says.

“It is equally reckless for Congress to give President Obama a blank check to keep importing these ‘refugees’ that pose a risk to all Americans,” he added.

Jones’ home state of North Carolina has already accepted 44 Syrian refugees, Gov. Pat McCrory’s office revealed Friday to the Carolina Journal. Monday, Jones called for the effort to be defunded

According to Jones, politicians are not being straight with the American people if they claim that resettling refugees from terrorist hot spots are not a threat to safety — especially in light of the attacks in Paris.

“After the atrocious attacks in Paris on Friday night brought on by at least one Syrian ‘refugee,’ it is dishonest for any politician to pretend that importing ‘refugees’ from radical Islamic countries does not increase the threat of horrific attacks against Americans,” he said.

The concerns about the threat of Middle Eastern refugees to the United States — and Syrian refugees in particular — come following numerous admissions by top administration officials that the government lacks the intelligence to thoroughly vet the refugees it is seeking to admit.

In September Jones signed on to legislation — The Resettlement Accountability National Security Act of 2015 — that would halt to all refugee resettlement until the government can complete an audit on the cost.

According to Jones’ office, from 2008 to 2013 the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) reports that the U.S. admitted 115,617 refugees from the Middle East and another 308,805 Middle Eastern immigrants were granted green cards — meaning that in a five years nearly half a million people from the Middle East have moved to the U.S.

Further, Jones’ office notes that according to the Migration Policy Institute, the U.S. accepts 20 percent of the world’s migrants wile representing less than 5 percent of the global population.


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