Obama threatens to veto GOP halt on Syrian refugees…(Impeach!)

Thursday, November 19, 2015
By Paul Martin

19 Nov, 2015

Tensions rose between the Republican lawmakers and US President Barack Obama when the White House threatened to veto a GOP-proposed bill requiring additional background checks for 10,000 Syrian refugees that Obama intends to settle in the US.
Sponsored by Representatives Mike McCaul (R-Texas) and Richard Hudson (R-North Carolina), the bill would require top US security officials to certify that every refugee admitted to the US “does not represent a security threat,” according to McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

The bill, which is up for a vote Thursday, is a direct response to last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris that left at least 132 dead and 352 injured. One of the attackers had entered Europe as a refugee in October, according to the Syrian passport found near his body, French authorities said.

A statement from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday condemned the McCaul-Hudson bill as “untenable,” arguing that it would “provide no meaningful additional security for the American people, instead serving only to create significant delays and obstacles” for refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

“This legislation would introduce unnecessary and impractical requirements that would unacceptably hamper our efforts to assist some of the most vulnerable people in the world, many of whom are victims of terrorism,” the statement said.

President Obama is currently visiting the Philippines, but his Twitter account was very active on Wednesday, arguing that admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees would be the right thing to do and that turning them away would betray America’s “deepest values.”

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