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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: November 16, 2015 04:43 PM
From: Representative Scott A. Petri
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Calling for Increased Security Measures for Vetting Refugees
In light of the terror attacks that occurred in Paris on Friday and the ISIS video that was released today that threatens a similar attack on Washington D.C., I will be introducing a resolution directing the Governor to reject the placement of Syrian refugees within the Commonwealth until the federal government establishes increased security procedures to screen the refugees. Additionally, the resolution will request the President of the United States to direct the Department of Homeland Security to review its security procedures for vetting refugees and to send a report detailing the increased measures to the states that are under consideration to receive refugees.

During the aftermath of Friday’s attack, a Syrian passport was discovered near one of the attackers, the attacker’s fingerprints, and those on the passport, match the fingerprints of a refugee who passed through Greece in October. This demonstration of the terrorists’ ability to utilize the refugee flow to further their attacks is deeply troubling and I believe that measures need to be taken to in order to mitigate the threat that these individuals potentially pose to the Commonwealth and to our country.

The federal government has indicated that they will accept 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year – without detailing the security measures that will be used to screen the refugees. Our first priority is to protect the safety of the citizens of the Commonwealth – please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution to direct the governor to stand for the safety of the citizens of Pennsylvania and to insist on increased security procedures before allowing refugees to be placed within the Commonwealth.

Introduced as HR597