WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jason Smith, along with five other members of the Missouri Congressional delegation, sent a letter to Governor Nixon urging him to halt plans to bring Syrian refugees to Missouri.
“It’s clear with the recent tragic events that refugee screening has been insufficient,” said Congressman Smith. “We need to take a step back and do what is necessary to keep America and Missouri safe.”
The letter highlights the report that “at least one of the terrorists had a Syrian passport and entered Europe with the waves of migrants fleeing the Syria Civil War, we believe that the president’s plan to increase the number of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States poses a genuine threat to the American people.”
Congressman Smith has taken additional action to halt Syrian refugees. He has sponsored H.R. 3999, the American SAFE Act to require the Department of Homeland Security to verify that refugees prove that they are not a threat to national security before they can settle in the U.S.
He has also sent a letter to President Obama urging him to immediately halt admissions of refugees from Syria and Iraq onto American soil, and demanding the Obama administration notify Congress first of all policy changes, and provide all information used to justify admission for each refugee to the House and Senate Intelligence, Judiciary, and Homeland Security Committees and satisfy the concerns of those Committees.