Popular South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy has announced a Congressional hearing will be held to examine the Syrian refugee controversy.
According to a release, “on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 9:00 a.m., the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee will hold a hearing to examine the Syrian refugee crisis and its impact on the security of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.”
Gowdy had strong words regarding the situation.
“National security and public safety are the preeminent functions of government,” Gowdy said in a statement. “While America has a proud history of providing refuge for those who have been persecuted for their beliefs or otherwise face imminent harm, we also have a duty to ensure the necessary background investigations can be done to stop terrorists from exploiting Americans’ generosity and ruthlessly taking more innocent lives.”
“While the President may claim ISIS is ‘contained,’ clearly it is not. His own Administration officials have cautioned Congress of our limited ability to conduct security checks for those from Syria. If the recent attacks are not a wake-up call, I do not know what will be. We need to hear from State and USCIS regarding our refugee program and national security risks during this extraordinary time.”