WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan called on Congress on Wednesday to promptly pass legislation tightening controls on Syrians seeking asylum in the United States, but stressed that such a bill will not discriminate against Muslims.
“We will not have a religious test, only a security test,” Ryan, the top House Republican said in a speech to the chamber. Some Republicans have said that only Syrian Christians should be eligible for asylum in the United States.
Ryan said the legislation, if enacted, would bring a “pause” in President Barack Obama’s program allowing some Syrians fleeing war to come to the United States.
Reporting By Richard Cowan; Editing by Doina Chiacu