Open-Door Policy Brings Terrorists into Our Neighborhoods

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Washington, January 8, 2016 | Elizabeth Peace (202.225.7742) | comments

Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27) released the following statement after a man from the Middle East who came to the United States as a refugee was arrested on terrorism charges in Houston. A second man was also arrested in California on the same charges.

“This is further proof that we must be careful in determining who should be allowed into the country and for what reasons,” Congressman Farenthold said. “President Obama is not solving any real problems in the Middle East by allowing a huge influx of refugees into this country when his own administration has told him they cannot properly be vetted. Instead, he’s endangering the lives of American citizens by rushing a program that has been proven to have flaws.”

Omar Faraj Saeed Al-Hardan entered the U.S. as an Iraqi refugee in 2009. He was arrested Thursday on federal terrorism charges for supporting Islamic militant groups. He was charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State – including training, expert advice and assistance – unlawfully attempting to gain U.S. citizenship, and making false statements.

The arrests came a week after Syrian refugees are suspected of allegedly being involved in a series of sexual assaults against more than 150 women in Germany on New Year’s Eve. Men in groups of 30 to 40 reportedly surrounded women and horrifically assaulted them in the streets. Germany reportedly registered nearly 1.1 million asylum seekers last year. According to local news, police were outnumbered and unable to stop the attacks or help all of the women being assaulted. In a separate incident, three Syrians were arrested in Germany for the gang rape of two minors.

“This open-door policy is bringing terrorists into our neighborhoods,” Congressman Farenthold said. “That is why I have fought and will continue to fight to keep us safe by keeping out possible terrorists, rapists, and criminals to our country.”

Congressman Farenthold is a co-sponsor of the following bills to prevent Syrian refugees from entering the country until a process can be established to ensure it is done safely.

-            H.R. 4038, American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act:  Would require enhanced collaboration among intelligence agencies to ensure proper refugee vetting. Passed the House 289-137.

-           H.R. 3314, Resettlement Accountability National Security Act:  Would prohibit admission of refugees unless Congress passed joint resolution re-authorizing DHS to admit refugees. Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

-           H.R. 3573, Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act: Prohibits new admissions of Syria refugees until improved vetting procedures are in place. Congress would have to vote to reauthorize admittance of new refugees. Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

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