This summer, first-term Congressman Brian Babin (R-TX) introduced the Resettlement Accountability National Security Act (H.R. 3314). The goal of the legislation is to suspend all refugee resettlement until economic costs are analyzed and national security concerns are addressed. Here is a report by Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch that provides some background:
I’ve been following this issue for eight years and this is the first time I have seen anyone in Congress (other than recent concerns about Syrian refugees) take a single step to begin to scrutinize the entire program.Now, let’s see if Rep. Trey Gowdy will give the bill a hearing in his all-important Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security!Just a reminder, Babin’s home state of Texas is presently the number one state targeted by the UN/US State Department for refugee distribution.Here is Babin’s press release….Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) yesterday introduced the Resettlement Accountability National Security Act (H.R. 3314), which places an immediate suspension on allowing immigrants into the United States under the refugee resettlement program, until the Government Accountability Office (GAO) completes a thorough examination of its costs on federal, state and local governments. According to the U.S. refugee admissions database, nearly 500,000 new immigrants have come to the U.S. under the resettlement program since President Obama first took office – with the state of Texas and its taxpayers being asked to take in more than any other state.“It is extremely unsettling that the Obama Administration would continue to expand the U.S. resettlement program at such an irresponsible pace in light of our economic and national security challenges,” said Rep. Babin. “While this program may be warranted in certain situations, it is continuing at an unchecked pace. For the past decade the U.S. has been admitting roughly 70,000 new refugees a year, with little understanding of the economic and social costs on our communities.“Our legislation institutes a common sense pause in the program so that we can better understand the long-term and short-term costs that this program has on local governments, states and U.S. taxpayers. It also gives us an opportunity to examine potential national security issues related to entry and resettlement, particularly as federal law enforcement officials are increasingly concerned about home-grown terrorists.”
And to those readers who are thinking this isn’t enough – that we need to cease all further importation of Muslims – I’m with you. But what Babin is proposing is a significant step and one that deserves maximum support. His bill seems to be garnering some support, but it’s slow going. Let’s change that.
Here’s is an update from Corcoran:
Rep. Michael McCaul has become the 10th member to sign on to HR 3314 since we posted on the co-sponsors yesterdayRep. Michael McCaul called the Syrian refugee resettlement proposal a possible Jihadi pipeline to America. (snip)McCaul, who signed on yesterday, joins the following nine other co-sponsors.Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] – 9/16/2015
Rep Gosar, Paul A. [AZ-4] – 9/15/2015
Rep Hice, Jody B. [GA-10] – 9/15/2015
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] – 9/15/2015
Rep King, Steve [IA-4] – 9/15/2015
Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32] – 9/15/2015
Rep Weber, Randy K., Sr. [TX-14] – 9/15/2015
Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] – 9/15/2015
Rep Zinke, Ryan K. [MT] – 9/15/2015Is your member in this list?Where are you Reps Bob Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy? (For new readers these two members, as chairman and subcommittee chairman of the House Judiciary Committee are responsible for calling for hearings on the refugee program. So far crickets!)
Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) is also calling for funds to be cut for refugee resettlement. To read more, see Breitbart article here.
Please urge your representative to support these efforts. I would also encourage AT readers to bookmark Ann Corcoran’s remarkable site, Refugee Resettlement Watch. She has ongoing updates through the day with links to important articles and contacts. She is on the front lines leading the way and deserves our help and support.