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Congressman unveils bill giving states veto power over refugees


A plan by Representative Matt Rosendale (R-MT) would deprive President Joe Biden of the authority to resettle hundreds of thousands of refugees across the United States without input from Congress or American communities.

Rosendale’s SECURE Act would give power to Congress over the annual influx of refugees rather than the president and end all refugee resettlement until Congress sets the annual refugee cap, a numerical limit on admissions refugees.

Likewise, the plan would give governors 30 days’ notice before refugees are resettled in their states so that they can have a veto over whether to admit or reject refugee resettlement for the year. The provision was imposed by former President Trump through an executive order, but Biden repealed the policy in January.

Refugees are driven through the departure terminal to a bus that will take them from Dulles International Airport to a refugee processing center after being evacuated from Kabul following the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban in Dulles, Virginia. (Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images)

The plan also significantly strengthens national screening and screening procedures for refugees – requiring that every refugee be approved by Congress by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the director of National information.

The requirement would certify that every refugee examined by DHS, FBI and the nation’s intelligence agencies does not pose a threat to national security and is likely to assimilate into American society. Foreign nationals considered unlikely to be assimilated would be barred from obtaining refugee status.

Additionally, the plan prevents the federal government from using the parole process to bring foreign nationals to the United States in the hope of eventually granting them refugee status.

Such a provision would deal a blow to the Biden administration’s massive Afghan resettlement operation, as most Afghans flown to the United States arrive on “humanitarian parole”.

“We have seen an overwhelming number of uncontrolled aliens from one hundred and twenty-three countries enter our country without the absence of a proper screening process,” Rosendale said in a statement. “This is a recipe for disaster. We need to know if these people are likely to assimilate and contribute to our country. This legislation would put in place the right parameters to ensure that we do so.”

The legislation has 15 co-sponsors, including:

  • Tom Tiffany (R-WI)
  • Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
  • Dan Bishop (R-NC)
  • Gregory Steube (R-FL)
  • Higgins Clay (R-LA)
  • Bill Posey (R-FL)
  • Bob Bon (R-VA)
  • Lance Gooden (R-TX)
  • Mo Brooks (R-AL)
  • Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)
  • Randy Weber Sr. (R-TX)
  • Scott Perry (R-PA)
  • Ralph Norman (R-SC)
  • Fred Keller (R-PA)
  • Mary Miller (R-IL)

The plan is apparently a rebuke from recently elected Republicans supporting the Biden operation where approximately 53,000 Afghans live on US bases in Wisconsin, Texas, New Mexico, Indiana, New Jersey and Virginia as the administration hopes to bring at least 95,000 Afghans to the United States. over the next 12 months and relocate them to 46 states.

Last month, as Breitbart News reported, 49 Republicans in the House and Senate voted to allow Biden to open the resettlement to an endless flow of Afghans in the future while also providing for those who arrive. in the United States housing assistance, money, driver’s licenses and social assistance. advantages.

Likewise, 18 Republican governors have expressed support for Biden’s operation and called on the administration to resettle Afghans in their states.

Republican voters, however, are overwhelmingly against the operation.

A Pew Research Center survey shows Americans, with a 55% majority, do not trust Biden’s ability to properly control Afghans. In addition, 63% of Republicans and those who lean for Republicans strongly oppose Biden’s relocation operation.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on twitter here.