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Grayson, Murphy say any Syrian refugees must meet strict vetting



The two leading Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate remain open to the U.S. accepting Syrian refugees but only with extensive vetting.

Rep. Alan Grayson "supports President Obama’s policy on accepting immigrants from Syria," spokesman Ken Scudder told the Tampa Bay Times. "Like the President, the Congressman feels that these refugees should be thoroughly vetted before being admitted into the U.S."

Rep. Patrick Murphy released a statement. "Our number one priority is always to keep the American people safe. We need incredibly tough safety and security requirements on any refugees entering our country in order to protect our nation. As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am working closely with my colleagues and national security officials to make sure we prioritize the safety of all American citizens while still allowing America to be a beacon of freedom around the world."

And here's Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson sounding similar caution:

“The attacks in Paris further illustrate the threat ISIS poses to our national security. And while I believe it’s important that we as a country remain compassionate to those in need, I also believe that the security of our nation must always come first. The screening process takes up to two years, so I have asked the administration for additional details on its plan and I want to know how they will screen these refugees to ensure that there are absolutely no potential national security or terrorism concerns.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 4:21pm]


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