Johnson Leads Senate Bill on Syrian Refugees

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced legislation Wednesday to require that supplemental certifications and background investigations be completed prior to the admission of certain refugees into the United States. The legislation serves as a Senate companion to the bill the House will consider later this week. Chairman Johnson said this following introduction of the bill: 

“I am pleased to introduce the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015.  As we have once again learned from the vicious attack in Paris, the threat posed by Islamic terrorists is real and growing.  As chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, I feel a particular responsibility to ensure that any refugee whom this administration allows into America has been fully vetted. The best way to guarantee that the vetting process is not short circuited in any way is to have the officials of the agencies and departments responsible certify the integrity of the process.  This bill requires that certification.  I urge swift passage of this legislation.” 

The full text of the bill can be found here.