Sen. Rand Paul files bill to suspend issuing visas to certain countries

11/16/2015 04:42 PM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, announced Monday that he is filing legislation to suspend issuing visas for citizens of countries with a high risk of terrorism.

Paul’s bill would impose a waiting period on background checks on visas for refugees and nationals of 30 countries, “until the American people can be assured terrorists cannot enter the country through our immigration and visa system,” according to a press release.

“The time has come to stop terrorists from walking in our front door. The Boston Marathon bombers were refugees, and numerous refugees from Iraq, including some living in my hometown, have attempted to commit terrorist attacks,” Paul said in a statement.

“The terrorist attacks in Paris underscore this concern that I have been working to address for the past several years,” Paul continued. “My bill will press pause on new refugee entrants from high-risk countries until stringent new screening procedures are in place.”

Paul first announced the legislation to select press via a conference call, according to Politico.

According to a release, Paul’s bill would suspend visas to nationals of certain countries until Homeland Security certifies and Congress votes to approve that:

1) Aliens already admitted from high-risk countries have been fingerprinted and screened, pose no terrorist risk, and are being monitored for terrorist activity.
2) Enhanced security measures are in place to screen future applicants and prevent terrorists from entering the country.
3) DHS’ visa entry-exit system is 100 percent complete and a tracking system is in place to catch attempted overstays.

Paul, according to Politico, said that he believes the American public will support the legislation, which will lead to a vote on the measures contained in his legislation.


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