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Carson: Congress Should Stop Funding Refugee Resettlement

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By    |   Monday, 16 Nov 2015 02:17 PM

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is calling on Congress to withdraw funding to resettle Syrian refugees in the United States.

Carson cites a report that one of the Islamic State militants believed to be responsible for the attacks in Paris entered Europe through Greece, a path taken by many migrants.

He also says in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan that the U.S. "cannot, should not and must not accept any Syrian refugees."

President Barack Obama earlier this year announced plans to accept as many as 10,000 refugees this fiscal year from the war-torn nation. That's up from 2,000 in fiscal 2015.

Carson is among several Republican presidential candidates and lawmakers who have called for the U.S. to close its borders to Syrian refugees.

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions sent a letter to colleagues Monday urging them to support adding language to the next government spending bill that would effectively block Obama's plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year.

Obama on Monday said he intends to go forward with his plan.

Sessions is proposing that Congress explicitly prohibit any funding for Syrian refugee resettlement unless Congress approves it and finds money to offset the cost.

"The barbaric attacks in Paris—an assault on civilization itself—add immense new urgency," wrote Sessions, who chairs the Senate subcommittee on immigration and has been urging major reductions in immigration to the United States.

Attempting to add such a measure to a funding bill that must pass by Dec. 11 to keep the government funded raises the possibility that a debate over whether to accept new Syrian refugees could lead to a shutdown.

Adding to the pressure on Congress: Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee called on Speaker Paul Ryan to use his power to "reject the importation of" refugees in the Middle East, even suggesting that the new House speaker should resign if he is not willing to do so.

On Bill Bennett's radio show on Monday, Ryan kept his options open.

The call to resist the admission of refugees from Syria will also put Republican presidential candidates on the spot.

Over the weekend, Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Ted Cruz spoke out against accepting refugees from the war-torn country. Rubio argued that "there's no way" to check the backgrounds of the refugees to make sure they don't have terrorist links. Cruz said bringing in Syrian refugees "makes no sense whatsoever."

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, another Republican presidential candidate, is also making it an issue.

Judiciary Committee announced that it will hold a hearing Tuesday "on the Syrian refugee crisis and its impact on national security."

In an indication of a potential showdown, Obama on Monday rejected calls to reverse his plans for bringing in the refugees, telling reporters during a trip to Turkey that "we're going to see it through," and noting that those fleeing Syria "are the most harmed by terrorism." He also chided Republicans for their calls to keep the refugees out.

"We do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism," the president said.



 

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