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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Jindal bars Syrian refugees from Louisiana

November 16, 2015
In The News

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order Monday barring more Syrian refugees from settling in the state and instructing State Police to monitor those already here in what has become a late-cycle campaign issue among the candidates hoping to replace Jindal.


U.S. Reps. Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, and Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, are co-sponsors of a bill introduced earlier this year that would prohibit the admission of refugees into the country until Congress passes a joint resolution giving the U.S. Department of Homeland Security authority to resume admitting them.

“I saw this problem coming months ago and called on the President to act then,” Abraham said. “He did not, and now we have a situation where we aren’t sure who is coming into Louisiana and the United States.

“We simply cannot allow people from Syria into this country without knowing their backgrounds. After the attacks on Paris, people are right to be concerned that terrorists could infiltrate this country as they did in France. Allowing Syrian refugees into this country must stop, and it must stop immediately.”

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