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Amodei: President must Ôensure our compassion is not exploited'

November 18, 2015
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  Contact:        Brian Baluta, 202-225-6155

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) joined 109 of his House colleagues in signing a letter to President Obama urging him to suspend plans to admit thousands of Syrian refugees until the Administration can ensure those individuals do not pose a threat to Americans. It has long been a security concern the Syrian refugee crisis would be exploited by ISIS and other terrorist groups to enable jihadists to gain access to the West. Those concerns were heightened when reports indicated one or more of the Paris attackers gained access to the European Union by posing as a refugee in Greece.

Amodei released the following statement:

“Americans are compassionate people, but it is not unreasonable to ask the Administration to take measures to ensure our compassion is not exploited. Protecting Americans is paramount and this is an obvious vulnerability. It is not xenophobic to say so and I resent the implication.

“With all due respect, when the President has regularly downplayed the threat of ISIS and Al Qaeda, only to be proven wrong time and again, what has he done to warrant the benefit of the doubt? Congress has the obligation to provide oversight and halt these plans until the necessary security precautions are in place.

“While it is not my preference to engage in political wordsmithing, frankly, given his comments over the past few days, it seems the President reserves greater disdain for his political opponents than he does those responsible for the deaths of thousands at home and abroad, the atrocities in Paris, beheadings, burnings, and the enslavement of women and minors. To suggest that Members of Congress and other American citizens who express concern over a legitimate threat are somehow a recruiting tool for ISIS is disgusting and about the least Presidential thing I’ve seen out of an already disappointing, JV Administration.”        

The letter asks the administration to provide all information regarding admission of refugees and the justification for action to the House and Senate Intelligence, Judiciary, and Homeland Security Committees. The House is slated to take up legislation to address the concerns on Thursday.

Text of the letter to the President is available here:

http://stivers.house.gov/uploadedfiles/11.18.15_rep_stivers_letter_to_potus_syria-iraq_refugees.pdf

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