Rep. Calvert Reintroduces Bill to Strengthen Refugee Vetting Process
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) reintroduced the Secure Accountability for Emigres and Refugees (SAFER) Act, H.R. 364, to establish a vigorous security vetting process for Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking to immigrate to the United States.
“America should continue to be one of the most generous nations in the world in terms of admitting refugees, but we must know who we are allowing into our county through a robust vetting process,” said Rep. Calvert. “It’s a major challenge to figure out who refugees are and what their background is when their home countries either don’t have an adequate intelligence agency or their home country simply refuses to share information with U.S. intelligence. The SAFER Act will ensure we have a policy in place that protects Americans while providing for the admittance of additional refugees from war-ravaged nations.”
The SAFER Act would define the requirements to fully vet Syrian and Iraqi refugees before they can be admitted into the United States:
- All Syrian and Iraqi refugees regardless of background or religious affiliation must pass a certified polygraph examination.A polygraph will be essential in determining whether a refugee is truly coming to the United States to escape oppression or if they are coming here with possibly violent intentions. This is necessary since for many refugees we only have their word to rely on as to who they are, where they are from and why they are coming here.There are no corresponding government databases to verify their claims nor is there the ability to conduct a sufficient background check due to the conflicts in the region and displacement of entire communities.
- All Syrian and Iraqi refugees regardless of background or religious affiliation must agree to provide biometric data and have that data compared to known databases in order to validate they have no known history of terrorist activities.
- All Syrian and Iraqi refugees regardless of background or religious affiliation must agree to provide DNA samples and have those samples compared to known databases in order to validate they have no known history of terrorist activities.
- All Syrian and Iraqi refugees will be subject to a background check that includes an investigation of all online activity, including posts to social media.