Washington, 8 Shafar 1437/20 November 2015 (MINA) – President Barack Obama threatened a veto against a House resolution that attempts to block Syrian refugees from entering the US, the White House said Wednesday.
“This legislation would introduce unnecessary and impractical requirements that would unacceptably hamper our efforts to assist some of the most vulnerable people in the world,” according to a Statement of Policy Administration from the White House.
The statement defended the current refugee screening process that involves “multiple federal intelligence, security, and law enforcement agencies,” and cited safeguards such as fingerprinting, medical screening, and extensive interviews by the Department of Homeland Security, Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) quoted Kuna as reporting.
“The certification requirement at the core of H.R. 4038 is untenable and would provide no meaningful additional security for the American people, instead serving only to create significant delays and obstacles in the fulfillment of a vital program that satisfies both humanitarian and national security objectives,” the statement said.
It reiterated, “Given the lives at stake and the critical importance to our partners in the Middle East and Europe of American leadership in addressing the Syrian refugee crisis, if the President were presented with H.R. 4038, he would veto the bill.” (T/R07/R01)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)