WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) joined 288 House Republicans and Democrats in voting to protect American citizens and strengthen our national security – legislation President Obama has threatened to veto.
H.R 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act, would prevent admission of any proposed Syrian or Iraqi refugee until the nation’s top security officials – the Homeland Security secretary and the directors of the FBI and National Intelligence – certify that the refugee does not represent a security threat. Rep. Jenkins is a cosponsor of the bill, which passed 289-137.
“This legislation will protect our nation and our citizens, but President Obama is putting his ideology ahead of the nation’s interests by threatening to veto this bill. The Obama administration has failed to craft and execute a clear strategy to defeat ISIS, and now we see that the president is failing to enact provisions to thoroughly screen refugees and certify that they pose no threat to our national security.
“Democrats and Republicans alike have joined together to send a strong message to this president – the security of our nation must come first. Until we can address the dire security issues surrounding this refugee crisis, we must pause our acceptance of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. President Obama is again ignoring the will of Congress and the American people by issuing yet another veto threat,” Rep. Jenkins said.
Rep. Jenkins also joined 109 of his House colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to put the safety and security of our country first. The members also asked that the administration establish a thorough vetting process for potential refugees and an extensive monitoring process for relocated refugees.