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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Louisiana's GOP House members renew calls for Syrian, Iraqi refugee scrutiny

January 11, 2016
In The News

A band of Republican lawmakers, including three from Louisiana, has revived the call this month for stricter screenings of refugees from Syria and Iraq seeking asylum in the United States. 

U.S. Reps. Ralph Abraham, Charles Boustany and Garret Graves joined 32 colleagues Friday (Jan. 8) in a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, to shepherd a bill that would increase security scrutiny on immigrants from those war-torn countries. They said they were responding to reports that two refugees had been arrested in California and Texas on suspicion of terrorist activities.

"The recent terrorism arrests show that the President's process for vetting refugees is not working," Abraham said in a statement. "Since he refuses to stop admitting these refugees, we must strengthen the process to make sure no terrorists enter our country."

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