Rep. Curbelo Votes for American SAFE Act

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Washington, November 19, 2015 | comments

Washington, D.C.—Today a bipartisan, veto-proof majority of the House passed H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act. Rep Curbelo (FL-26) offered the following statement in support of this bill:

“Today’s vote allows the United States to continue being a compassionate nation while keeping our homeland safe. This bill requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to carry out thorough background investigations of each Syrian or Iraqi  refugee prior to their admittance to the U.S. No refugee will be admitted unless Congress receives certification from the FBI, DNI, and DHS that the refugee is not a threat to the national security of the United States.

After last week’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, it is clear that our country must help those suffering at the hands of ISIS. The refugees currently fleeing the Middle East  seek the same freedoms that we as Americans are blessed to enjoy. I want to ensure our country remains a place of refuge and hope for oppressed people from all over the world, while granting our law enforcement officials the tools they need to properly screen each refugee and keep Americans safe. The ultimate solution for this tragic refugee crisis is to defeat and destroy ISIS and clear the path for new leadership in Syria. On this, our country must lead.” 

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