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RELEASE: PRICE STATEMENT ON SYRIAN REFUGEES

November 16, 2015
Press Release

Congressman David E. Price (NC-04), former Chairman and current senior member of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to the request of a number of Republican governors – including Governor McCrory – that President Obama cease resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states.

“Closing our borders to refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war not only flies in the face of our national values of protecting the persecuted and providing refuge for the oppressed; it also undermines our nation’s standing in the world and our ability to confront the scourge of violent extremism.

“Refugees from Syria are already subject to an extensive vetting process designed to ensure the safety of the families and communities in which they are placed.  In the aftermath of the horrific attacks in Paris, we must do everything possible to protect American citizens at home and abroad.  But to conflate refugees with terrorists doesn’t make us safer; it merely perpetuates an environment of suspicion and anxiety and risks lending more credibility to terrorist propaganda and recruitment efforts.”

Learn more about the screening and vetting process for Syrian refugees here.