Speaker of the House Paul Ryan called on the White House to “pause” its Syrian refugee resettlement program at a press conference on Tuesday.
Ryan responded to the chorus of Republican governors, as well as presidential candidates like Mike Huckabee, who have asked President Barack Obama not to allow anymore Syrian refugees into their states — pending the implementation of additional review procedures for all potential immigrants from the region.
“Our nation has always been welcoming, but we cannot let terrorists take advantage of our compassion,” said Ryan. “This is a moment where it’s better to be safe than to be sorry.”
Ryan commended the federal program, which announced that the United States would accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in September, noting that it was “important that we have a refugee system in place. We respect that.”
“But we think it simply prudent that for this particular program, in this particular situation, that we be better guarded against any possible infiltration [by] ISIS,” Ryan explained. “That is why we think it’s necessary to have a pause, and to have a more comprehensive strategy guaranteeing that we do not allow ISIS members [to home] here.”
To that effect, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will head a task force of six committee chairman. This task force will help Congress (a) address the Syrian refugee crisis in a safe manner, and (b) combat ISIS’ possible infiltration of the U.S.
Check out the clip above, via CNN.
[h/t Washington Post]
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