Alexander: We Cannot Afford to Take Any Shortcuts With Refugee Background Checks

Votes to begin debate on the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act

Posted on January 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2016 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on today’s Senate vote to begin debate on the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act:

“Today, I voted to begin debate on legislation that expands background investigations on Iraqi and Syrian refugees hoping to enter the United States because we cannot afford to take any shortcuts with our refugee process that could jeopardize American lives. But the real focus should be for the United States to work with Europe and our other allies to defeat ISIS and stabilize these countries so millions of Iraqis and Syrians don’t have to leave their homes.”

 The bill passed in the House of Representatives on November 19 by a vote of 289 to 137.

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