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House passes bill to halt refugee relocation to U.S.

"It's a security test, not a religious test," said House Speaker, Paul Ryan of the passage of American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support, halting U.S. relocation of Syrian refugees. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

“It’s a security test, not a religious test,” said House Speaker, Paul Ryan of the passage of American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support, halting U.S. relocation of Syrian refugees.
Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Washington, D.C. – The House voted 289-137 to approve H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015 a bill ensuring increased security measures be implemented before Syrian refugees be allowed to enter the United States.

Sponsored by Homeland Security Committee Chair Michael T. McCaul (R-TX) and Richard Hudson (R-NC),the bill requires a thorough background investigation be carried out prior to consideration for refugee asylum.

“In addition to the screening conducted by the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation shall take all actions necessary to ensure that each covered alien receives a thorough background investigation prior to admission as a refugee.” – Safe Act of 2015, H.R. 4038The bill was penned in the wake of the massacre of innocent civilians and suicide bombings in Beirut and Paris last week. House Republicans and GOP governors across the country called for temporary halt to President Obama’s plan to relocate 10,000 Syrian refugees on U.S. soil.

“It’s a security test, not a religious test,” House Speaker, Paul Ryan said of the bill’s requirements. “We didn’t think of party labels when we mourned for France. We should do the same when protecting our country.”

Ryan noted the need for increased National security in light of ISIS threats against the U.S. and called for Obama to implement a clear plan to defeat the Islamic extremist organization.

Having received bipartisan support in the House, the bill that enhances security procedures and screenings already in place may find its place on the President’s desk. Obama vowed to veto the bill.

This article originally appeared on Examiner.com on November 24, 2o15.

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