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House to vote on pausing U.S. refugee program

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 01:33

House Speaker Paul Ryan announces a bill to pause the U.S. refugee program to ensure comprehensive security screening of incoming refugees that prevents ISIS infiltration. Rough cut (No reporter narration).

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Rough cut (No reporter narration) Story: U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday said legislation to "pause" the acceptance of Syrian refugees into the United States was "an urgent matter" to protect Americans from possible infiltration by Islamic State militants. Ryan said that if the government cannot verify that refugees are not a terrorist threat, they should not be allowed into the country. "Right now, the government can't certify these standards," said Ryan, "so this plan pauses the program." "It's a security test, not a religious test; this reflects our values; this reflects our responsibilities; this is urgent," said Ryan. Ryan called on Democrats to support the measure, and he expressed dismay that President Barack Obama is threatening to veto the legislation. "This should not be a partisan issue," said Ryan. "We reached out to Democrats in crafting this legislation this week to get their input," Ryan said. Ryan said he had spoken to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and that he expects a vote on the bill later on Thursday, adding that it will be the first of many related measures addressing security and travel issues.

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House to vote on pausing U.S. refugee program

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 01:33