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house Bill H.R. 4038

Strengthening Background Checks for Iraqi and Syrian Refugees

Argument in favor

It would be reckless to admit refugees from Iraq and Syria without thoroughly vetting them — especially when ISIS is attempting to attack the U.S. These screenings are a prudent step, and will enable refugees that aren’t a security risk to come to America.

DonaldTrump's Opinion
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11/20/2015
"I would implement a database to track Muslims in the United States." [time.com]
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Wes's Opinion
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11/19/2015
Background checks for ANYBODY foreign trying to enter the country. I have to get a background check to get a job, get a mortgage, buy a firearm, etc... Are you telling me that a foreign national can enter this nation without being checked out? Seriously? Is our government truly THAT inept?
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Cary's Opinion
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11/19/2015
Let's help, but also be safe. Just common sense.
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Argument opposed

The vast majority of these refugees pose no security risk, and are trying to flee violence rather than bring it with them to the U.S. There’s also no guarantee that terrorists wouldn’t be able to pass through the background checks undetected.

Tobias's Opinion
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11/19/2015
It is already a thorough process to become a United States citizen. Took my father's family years and making it any more stringent would be a disservice to our history as a nation of immigrants. The largest worry should be individuals coming in as tourists, students, or workers where the threshold is much lower.
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Kurt's Opinion
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11/19/2015
Compassion is of greater importance than fear. The knee-jerk reaction to hinder refugees coming to our country was based on the now false assertion that one of the Paris attackers was a refugee. It's time we stop letting fear get in the way of being the great nation we have the capability of becoming.
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Leo's Opinion
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11/19/2015
How do you run a background check when you have no access to whatever records of dubious quality in what is left of Syria?
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed November 19th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 289 Yea / 137 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedNovember 17th, 2015

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    "I would implement a database to track Muslims in the United States." [time.com]
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    It is already a thorough process to become a United States citizen. Took my father's family years and making it any more stringent would be a disservice to our history as a nation of immigrants. The largest worry should be individuals coming in as tourists, students, or workers where the threshold is much lower.
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    Background checks for ANYBODY foreign trying to enter the country. I have to get a background check to get a job, get a mortgage, buy a firearm, etc... Are you telling me that a foreign national can enter this nation without being checked out? Seriously? Is our government truly THAT inept?
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    Compassion is of greater importance than fear. The knee-jerk reaction to hinder refugees coming to our country was based on the now false assertion that one of the Paris attackers was a refugee. It's time we stop letting fear get in the way of being the great nation we have the capability of becoming.
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    How do you run a background check when you have no access to whatever records of dubious quality in what is left of Syria?
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    Let's help, but also be safe. Just common sense.
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    The vetting process is already very thorough. There is no way to insure absolute security for refugees, just as there isn't for homegrown terrorists.
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    There are already intensive background checks that usually take more than 18-24 months. All this bill serves to do is make it more difficult for the victims trying to get in the country. The vast majority of these refugees are women, children, and victims of torture and violence. They are not the enemy and the background checks we already have in place ensure that.
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    If you had a bowl of skittles and (4) of them were poisoned.... Would you take a handful from the bowl and eat them anyway?
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    We should not be allowing these terrorists into our country, not giving them background checks.
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    Background checks are necessary for anyone trying to enter the country. If we take in these refugees, we need to do it responsibly and keep in mind the security of the Unites States. Sadly, this means that refugees will have to go through a longer process to enter the US, but we have to keep our safety the #1 priority.
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    I am embarrassed that people who became citizens of this country through immigration are so hateful to their fellow man please start. Stop hating and start paying attention to things that really matter. Real Amercans are embarrassed.
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    It isn't about prohibiting the entrance of refugees. It's about opening our arms and welcoming them in a way that assures our country's safety.
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    Yes, extremists are coming in and we need to hurry and prevent this through stricter background checks, so that no future attacks can happen here in America.
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    Right now all immigrants coming into the US should be vetted with extensive background checks.
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    I believe increased background checks would exemplify our nation greatly to avoid harmful attacks that may endanger "YOU AND I, THE AMERICAN INDIVIDUALS". In other words, Our Federal government must approach any form of procedure to ensure our nations safety as well, Thank you for your time
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    they should not be allowed unless they can be 100% vetted and since we have no wqay to do that, and we where warned by isis that they would use them to infiltrate our country to let them in would be begging for attacks like france just had. i would say that the barbarions are at the gates but you betrayed us and never built the gate. no dont let them in, and secure the border we have waited long enough, do we really have to wait till an american city is destroyed before we do the simplest thing to protect our citizens. if we where attacked by a terrorist who came across our open border those who had the responsablity to protect us should be hung for being a traitor. build the wall. and put the military and guard on it for there training, they have to train somewhere why not on the border.
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    I can't believe this is even a question. OF COURSE we need to beef up our security in this area. We MUST protect ourselves. Welcoming people to this country is a great thing to do and very American BUT NOT at the expense of our safety!!
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    The security of our nation should be the USA's top priority. Then we can think about accepting refugees who've been throughly vetted. We don't want another terrorist attack to happen. Why should we unnecessarily risk lives? We're not denying them access to this country. I know only a small percentage are trying to gain access for nefarious purposes, but it's that small percentage that we need to worry about. If we have a chance to prevent an attack then we need to do everything in our power to stop it. Also this bill should be applied to all refugees, displaced persons, and those seeking asylum and not just ones coming from Syria, and the Middle East. We don't need another horrible lapse in judgement as we did with the Japanese during World War Two.
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    If it isn't possible to be certain that the refugees are pose no security risk, they must be kept out of America. This is especially true in light of the Syrians captured today trying to infiltrate into the U.S. at the Texas border and in Honduras.
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