Rep. Loudermilk Calls on Administration to Suspend Relocation of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees after Terrorist Attacks
Washington, November 16, 2015
Washington D.C. (November 16, 2015) | Rep. Loudermilk (R-GA) issued the following statement today calling on the administration to suspend the relocation of Syrian and Iraqi refugees after the recent terror attacks in Paris:
“I am very sympathetic towards the plight of all refugees seeking asylum from the violence in Syria and Iraq. The United States has a long history of providing support, relief and sanctuary to oppressed people around the world; however, our nation is in the crosshairs of one of the most violent and evil organizations in the history of mankind. The threats against our nation are real and serious, and we must make every effort to protect the people and interests of our nation. Therefore, I am calling on the administration to immediately cease plans to admit any refugees from the conflict zones associated with the expansion and occupation of ISIS or the civil war in Syria. My office is currently looking at what legislative means we can use to force the administration to stop these potentially disastrous plans.
“Earlier this year, as a member of the Homeland Security Foreign Fighter Task Force, I visited France and several other countries in Europe, and met with both U.S. and foreign counterterrorism officials. Infiltrating refugees with terrorist operatives, as a method of positioning them in targeted nations, was a real concern. While our law enforcement and counterterrorism officials have done an exceptional job protecting Americans, ISIS is now operating at a new level. I do not believe we can afford to take resources off the front lines of countering terrorism to manage and monitor 10,000 refugees, with likely imbedded terrorists.”