Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 17, 2015
Editor: See our first post on Rep. Brian Babin’s initial shot-across-the-bow of the heretofore sacrosanct Refugee Admissions Program of the UN/US State Department. We are happy to report that 9 other brave Members of the House have joined his legislative initiative to halt the program until there has been a cost accounting done of the program.
The U.S. must learn the costs and national security risks of the refugee resettlement program before it admits any more refugees including Syrian refugees, Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) says.
In an interview with Breitbart News, Babin expressed his adamant opposition to President Obama’s recent call to admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. next year.
“This refugee crisis was caused largely by [Obama’s] inept foreign policy,” Babin said.
“We are crazy to be inviting the problems of the Middle East into the United States.
Beyond the national security implications, Babin has been sounding the alarm about the fiscal costs associated with the refugee program, which he notes has resettled about 500,000 refugees since Obama took office. Refugees in the U.S. are immediately eligible for welfare and tend to use it at high levels.
“We have to find out just exactly what this is costing us.” he said, pointing out American workers’ current difficulties and national debt.
In July Babin introduced legislation to immediately suspend the refugee resettlement program until the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducts a thorough audit of its costs on federal, state and local governments. He is currently collecting co-sponsors for that bill.
Speaking to Breitbart News, the freshman congressman highlighted the high levels of welfare use among refugees, and particularly refugees from the Middle East, noting that the available federal data does not account for the costs to local communities.
Where are you Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy?
By the way, Rep. Pete Sessions, a co-sponsor is House Rules Committee Chairman!
Latest Title: Resettlement Accountability National Security Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep Babin, Brian [TX-36] (introduced 7/29/2015) Cosponsors (9)
Latest Major Action: 9/8/2015 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. (This is Trey Gowdy’s Subcommittee!).
Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] – 9/16/2015
Rep Gosar, Paul A. [AZ-4] – 9/15/2015
Rep Hice, Jody B. [GA-10] – 9/15/2015
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] – 9/15/2015
Rep King, Steve [IA-4] – 9/15/2015
Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32] – 9/15/2015
Rep Weber, Randy K., Sr. [TX-14] – 9/15/2015
Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] – 9/15/2015
Rep Zinke, Ryan K. [MT] – 9/15/2015
Thanks to everyone who has been working hard to get co-sponsors signed up!
Time to really step it up especially as it looks like the Obama Administration is going to sock us with tens of thousands of refugees from the Middle East—more than usual—starting two weeks from today as the new fiscal year begins!
Excellent topic. Thanks for the post. We need to get busy in our respective states and put pressure on our congressmen and senators to come out in favor of this bill. We also need to get our state level reps fired up to press the Governors office to seal the state borders.