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Cruz Introduces Bill To Actually Stop Terrorists Infiltrating USA As “Refugees”

As he did with his tax reform proposal and his border security and immigration plans Senator Ted Cruz has introduced a plan that actually solves a problem country class Americans want solved – in this case stopping jihadi terrorists from infiltrating America as Syrian “refugees.” 

Yesterday, Senator Cruz introduced the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015, which will immediately bar refugees to the United States from any country, such as Iraq or Syria that contains territory substantially controlled by a foreign terrorist organization. The bill sunsets after three years so that Congress Syrian refugeescan reevaluate the global situation and either let the bill expire or reauthorize it with necessary modifications in light of changed circumstances. 

Upon introduction of the bill, Sen. Cruz stated, “After watching the horrific scenes play out in Paris, we have to take basic steps to protect ourselves from the growing threat of radical Islamic terrorism. This legislation will do just that.” 

“As the American people are now painfully aware, ISIS has emerged as the new face of the radical terror that has bedeviled the West in recent decades. Unlike some regional jihadists, ISIS represents a direct and growing threat to our citizens, and increasingly to our homeland itself. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has clearly lacked focus on national security interests. I believe we must do everything we can to prevent even a very few jihadis from slipping into our nation and urge my colleagues to join me in this effort to protect the American people.” 

Here are the key points of the Cruz bill:

The Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 immediately bars any refugee who is “a national of, has habitually resided in, or is claiming refugee status due to events in” any country that contains territory controlled in substantial part by a Foreign Terrorist Organization, as designated by the State Department.  The bill specifically names Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, and the State Department is empowered to identify and designate additional countries. 

The bill sunsets after three years so that Congress can reevaluate the global situation and either let the bill expire or reauthorize it with necessary modifications in light of changed circumstances.    

The bill includes one narrow exception to this ban:  A refugee from one of the identified high-risk countries can be admitted, but only if the prospective refugee proves “clearly and beyond doubt” that he or she satisfies the requirements for refugee status and is a member of a group that has been designated as a victim of genocide by the State Department or by Act of Congress.  This exception is for the severest cases of persecution, and a refugee who cannot prove membership in the group cannot be admitted.  Also, the Secretary of State may refuse to designate a group for this exception if the Secretary finds that the group may pose a substantial security threat to the United States.  

Editor’s Note: This provision would allow for the entry of Iraqi and Syrian Christians, Jews, Yazidis and other persecuted religious and ethnic minorities, provided such individuals can prove “clearly and beyond doubt” that they qualify, the burden of proof being on the prospective refugee. 

Even then, a refugee who qualifies for this narrow exception can only be admitted if he or she has undergone the highest available level of security screening, including assessments by the FBI Terrorist Screening Center and the National Counterterrorism Center; the refugee has been subjected to full multi-modal biometrics; and perhaps most importantly, the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Homeland Security, Director of the FBI, and Director of National Intelligence all certify that the refugee is not a national security threat. 

The bill also mandates that the Secretary of Homeland Security may not admit any refugee based solely on the assertions of the refugee.  DHS cannot simply take the refugee’s word for it.  Instead, the bill requires DHS to coordinate with the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Director of National Intelligence to ensure that the refugee’s story is corroborated. 

We contrast this comprehensive proposal by Senator Cruz to address the Syrian refugee jihadi infiltration menace with the SAFE Act of 2015, the “show vote” being readied for a vote by Speaker Paul Ryan and the House Republicans. 

The SAFE Act of 2015 is only protecting vulnerable Republican incumbents who are facing conservative primary challengers, like incumbent Martha Roby in Alabama-2 , who is being challenged by Becky Gerritson, like incumbent Renee Ellmers in NC-2 who is being challenged by Frank Roche and Jim Duncan, and like incumbent Pete Sessions in TX-32 who is being challenged by Russell Ramsland.  

The SAFE Act of 2015 will not stop one jihadi posing as a Syrian “refugee” from entering the United States, but it will make Capitol Hill’s Republican establishment look like they are doing something, when in fact they are complicit in Obama’s dangerous plans because they keep funding them.  

We urge you to call your Representative and Senators, the Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044, tell them you understand that the SAFE Act of 2015 is nothing but a "show vote." Tell them that if they fund Obama’s dangerous Syrian “refugee” program they own it. Tell them that if they fund the program that brings jihad to America then they are complicit in the murder and bloodshed that will surely follow. 

George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie's A veteran of over 300 political campaigns, he served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle and as spokesman for now-Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry. He has served as a staffmember or consultant to some of America’s most recognized conservative political figures. He is a member of American MENSA and studied international relations at Worcester College, Oxford.

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