Nov 16, 2015 Issues: Overseas Conflict, Illegal Immigration

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) is calling for Congress to block funds for the Obama administration’s massive Middle Eastern refugee resettlement program when Congress appropriates money for the Boehner-Obama debt deal before the end of the year.  In a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan, Congressman Jones states that he will not vote for any bill that provides funding for the Obama administration’s dangerous Middle Eastern refugee resettlement program.

“It is reckless for the Obama administration to allow radical Muslim Middle Eastern ‘refugees’ to settle in the United States or come through our open borders and put American lives at risk. It is equally reckless for Congress to give President Obama a blank check to keep importing these ‘refugees’ that pose a risk to all Americans,” said Congressman Jones.  “After the atrocious attacks in Paris on Friday night brought on by at least one Syrian refugee, it is dishonest for any politician to pretend that importing ‘refugees’ from radical Islamic countries does not increase the threat of horrific attacks against Americans.”

According to Governor McCrory’s office, 44 Syrian refugees settled in North Carolina from January 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015.  In that time, North Carolina also took in 603 refugees from Iraq, 436 refugees from Somalia, 248 refugees from Afghanistan, 107 refugees from Sudan, and 52 refugees from Iran.  Just last month, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson admitted that the United States is not gathering enough information on the Middle Eastern refugees being let in the country.

In September 2015, Congressman Jones cosponsored H.R. 3314, The Resettlement Accountability National Security Act of 2015, which would suspend the federal government’s refugee resettlement program until the Government Accountability Office provides a thorough assessment of the costs of the program on federal, state, and local governments.  Data from the federal agency which administers the program suggests that from 2008 to 2013, 91.4 percent of refugees admitted from the Middle East are on food stamps, and 68.3 percent receive cash welfare assistance.

According to the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), between 2008 and 2013 the United States admitted 115,617 refugees from the Middle East.  Another 308,805 people from the Middle East were given green cards during that time, meaning a total of 424,422 immigrants from the Middle East settled in the United States in five years — nearly half a million.  Overall, according to the Migration Policy Institute, the U.S. has taken in “about 20 percent of the world's international migrants, even as it represents less than 5 percent of the global population.”

Click on the link below to read Congressman Jones' letter to Speaker Ryan.