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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: November 17, 2015 12:25 PM
From: Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Co-sponsorship - Increased Security Measures For Refugees
In the very near future, I will be introducing a Senate Resolution directing the Governor to reject the placement of Syrian refugees within the Commonwealth until the federal government establishes increased security procedures to screen refugees coming from this region.

In light of the terror attacks that occurred in Paris last week, 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. The federal government has already indicated that they will accept 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year but have not detailed the security measures that will be used to screen these refugees.

It has now become evident that terrorists have exploited the wave of refugees to further their attacks and I believe that immediate measures need to be taken to in order to mitigate the threat that these individuals potentially pose to the Commonwealth and to our country.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution which directs 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 SR248