WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger Friday joined Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX), and 23 members of the Texas delegation, in sending a letter to President Obama regarding the Syrian Refugee crisis.
“It has become clear that this Administration is not serious about confronting the threats made by ISIS and radical Islamic terrorists to the safety and security of the United States,” Granger said. “Just last week, CIA Director John Brennan warned that ISIS is sending Western fighters among refugee flows and smuggling routes to enter our country and kill Americans. Texas must have a say in protecting against these dangerous individuals infiltrating the refugee program.”
The letter questions the handling of the Syrian refugee crisis by the Administration, given the stated intention by ISIS to infiltrate the program and exploit it in order to carry out attacks on the West. It states “we believe your Administration has manifestly failed to reassure and adequately engage State and local governments on these resettlements” and insists “that you work with the State of Texas to reform your Administration’s refugee resettlement policies and procedures immediately.”
The full letter can be viewed below. In November 2015, Congresswoman Granger supported the SAFE Act, which requires comprehensive background checks of every refugee from Iraq or Syria, and certification that each does not pose a threat before they can be admitted into the United States.