Hagedorn Statement on House Passage of Syrian Refugee Bill; H.R. 4038

November 19, 2015 | Press Release

Hagedorn Statement on House Passage of Syrian Refugee Bill; H.R. 4038

Blue Earth, MN – Republican First District congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn issued the following statement in response to today’s House of Representatives passage of H.R. 4038, the “American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act.”

Today the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly for H.R. 4038, a bill to force the Obama administration to pause the transfer of Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the United States.

I view H.R. 4038 as a modest-first step, but am disappointed the legislation only addresses a small number of the 200,000 predominately Muslim refugees President Obama is planning to relocate in the United States over the next two years.

Long before the Paris attacks (and consideration of H.R. 4038) I called upon Congress to enact a comprehensive refugee program “timeout” to block refugee transfers from all nations that harbor radical Islamic attitudes. I continue to support a complete refugee program moratorium.

Our nation’s current refugee system is broken. Refugees are not properly vetted and weeded-out for radical attitudes, which is increasing the threat of Islamic-based terrorism in the United States.

For example, Minnesota already has an Islamic terrorist-recruiting problem stemming from refugees brought into our country from east-African nations. And, it was recently reported that the FBI is conducting almost 1,000 open ISIS investigations, with at least one in each of the 50 states. These problems demonstrate that the threat of Islamic jihad runs deeper than the Syrian and Iraqi refugees who are the focus of H.R. 4038.

The threat from radical Islamic terrorist groups like ISIS, al Qaeda and al-Shabaab are real and growing. In spite of this, my opponent, Tim Walz, is denier of radical Islam who has long supported liberal refugee transfers from predominately Muslim nations. Walz’s overall record is one of overwhelming weakness and naiveté that has contributed to the Islamic-terrorism problem confronting our nation and state.