The attack on Paris had caused concern about the Syrian refugees arriving in the United States. Now the Congress wants to slow down President Obama’s plan, which aims to take US about ten thousand Syrian refugees in the next year.
The house of representatives quickly responded to the terrorist attacks in Paris, taking the bill to prevent U.S. all Syrian and Iraqi refugees, at least for now. “For” vote of 289 congressmen, against — 137.
The bill requires that the senior officials of organs of national security personally confirmed that every refugee from Syria or Iraq is not a threat. This is in addition to the current selection process that takes up to two years.
“We will not accept terrorists,” says Douglas Collins, a member of the house of representatives from Georgia, Republican party.
“Three — quarters of them women and children. A quarter of them over sixty years. Refugees are not enemies,” says Loretta Sanchez, representative from California, Democratic party.
More than two thousand Syrian refugees are already living in the U.S., but now more than thirty governors say they will no longer accept.
“Unless common sense tells you that we need to take a break and figure it all out?”, says Paul Ryan, speaker of the house of representatives.
The white house promised that the President would veto the bill if it reaches his Desk, but have enough votes to override the veto. This is because the President’s party is divided on the issue of refugees. 47 Democrats voted for it, but the bill will be more difficult in the Senate, where many Democrats oppose it.