Anti-Refugee Bill Passes House

Communications Associate

November 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, the House of Representatives voted 289-137 to pass Rep. Michael McCaul’s (R-Texas) bill, H.R. 4038.

The bill, which the Senate is likely to take up after Thanksgiving and the administration has already promised to veto, would undermine established and effective refugee resettlement while unnecessarily diverting federal law enforcement resources.

Currently, refugees are admitted to the United States only upon successful completion of an exhaustive, multilayered vetting process. H.R. 4038 threatens to take this effective and thorough process and render it unworkable, potentially bringing U.S. refugee resettlement of Syrians and Iraqis to a halt.

“We need moral courage from our political leaders. Today’s vote represents the opposite,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “Security concerns are valid, but it’s simply wrong to target refugees who are fleeing terror. Instead of strengthen our security, this bill would undermine not only our refugee resettlement system but also our country’s moral character.

“This is about all of us, no matter where you are on the political spectrum. It’s about who we are as a country and what kind of country we want to be. America is better when we stand up for the values that make our country strong.”