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Congressman Mike Bishop

Representing the 8th District of Michigan


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Bishop: U.S. Must Pause, Develop Protocols for Syrian Refugees

November 16, 2015
Press Release
Bishop inquired about vetting of Syrian refugees last month, supports Gov. Snyder’s decision to halt Michigan efforts

WASHINGTON – During a House Judiciary Committee hearing with FBI Director James Comey last month, Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) voiced concerns about the vetting of Syrian refugees who wish to enter the United States, specifically the state of Michigan. Director Comey told Rep. Bishop that while the intelligence community has “gotten better at querying our holdings,” there is little to no data on many of their refugees – which means the vetting process is not “risk-free.”

“With so many unknowns, the United States has a duty to pause and develop the necessary protocols before processing Syrian refugees,” said Rep. Bishop. “Our number one priority is keeping our families safe here at home, so I commend Governor Snyder for suspending his efforts to bring Syrian refugees to Michigan at this time. America will always be a nation of immigrants, but without adequate background information to crosscheck, it would be more than irresponsible to push ahead and simply ‘hope for the best.’ The terrorist attacks in Paris remind us that, despite the president saying ISIS is ‘contained,’ they are in fact alive and well, and we cannot afford a misstep when it comes to our national security.”

On the national security front, Congressman Bishop recently introduced the bipartisan H. Res. 469 to urge NATO member countries to meet or exceed their defense spending commitments. He is also a co-sponsor of Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul’s bill, H.R. 3573, the “Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act.”

VIDEO: MLive, 10/22/15 – “Michigan congressman asks FBI chief how refugees are vetted”