Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Morris, 202-225-2965, Emily.Morris@mail.house.gov
REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ ADVOCATES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES AND VOTES AGAINST MISGUIDED GOP BILL
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, stood up for Syrian refugees on the House floor. Congresswoman Sanchez spoke on the floor and voted against the GOP’s “America SAFE Act of 2015” H.R. 4038, an impractical bill that would result in shutting down the Syrian refugee program for years.
“This restrictive and misguided legislation would immediately shut down current refugee resettlement and cripple our refugee programs in the future,” said Congresswoman Sanchez.
“Refusing to resettle any Syrian refugees would inadvertently empower Daesh and boost their recruitment abilities among vulnerable populations struggling to survive,” said Congresswoman Sanchez. “We cannot let Daesh push us to succumb to fear and prejudice.”
Congresswoman Sanchez continued: “These Syrian refugees are fleeing the same violence and chaos that we saw Daesh inflict on Paris, Beirut and Baghdad last week. Three quarters of Syrian refugees are women and children. A quarter of the refugees are over the age of 60. Refugees are not the enemy.”
“Remember the words on our Statue of Liberty: ‘Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,’” said Congresswoman Sanchez.
Congresswoman Sanchez’s floor speech can be viewed HERE.
Congresswoman Sanchez is an original co-sponsor of the House Democrats’ substitute bill “Secure Refugee Process Act”, which would reinforce America’s robust security screening process while protecting refugee women and children fleeing ISIS. Since October 2013, about 2,200 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the United States. None of these refugees have been arrested or removed on terrorism charges.
The United States’ current refugee screening process involves multiple federal intelligence, security, and law enforcement agencies, including the National Counterterrorism Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Departments of Homeland Security, State, and Defense, to ensure that admitted refugees do not pose a threat to the United States. These screenings include biometric and biographic checks, medical screenings, and lengthy interviews. Furthermore, Syrian refugees go through additional levels of security screenings, along with a thorough pre-interview analysis of each individual refugee application.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proud to represent California’s 46th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, and parts of the cities of Garden Grove and Orange in Orange County. She serves as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and as the second ranked Democrat on the Committee on Homeland Security.