Late on Wednesday, President Obama threatened to veto legislation that was meant to improve screening for Syrian refugees.
The bill was meant to make it harder for refugees to enter this country by enforcing FBI background checks and sign-offs from top officials. According to Fox News, the threat came as House Republicans were preparing the bill for floor action on Thursday.
The White House defended their current screening process in a statement, saying that the GOP bill would create “significant delays and obstacles” for the refugee program.
“Given the lives at stake and the critical importance to our partners in the Middle East and Europe of American leadership in addressing the Syrian refugee crisis … [Obama] would veto the bill,” the White House said.
Obama continued to defend his current vetting process throughout the day on Wednesday.
“Slamming the door in the face of refugees would betray our deepest values. That’s not who we are. And it’s not what we’re going to do,” Obama tweeted yesterday.
Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C. defended the House bill, saying that it is meant to protect the American people.
“America is a compassionate nation. No country on Earth does more or spends more to care for our fellow man. But being compassionate doesn’t mean we have to have reckless policies that put American lives at risk,” he said in a statement.
It’s sickening that Obama is putting the lives of innocent Americans at risk just to protect his ridiculous agendas.
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