House Passes Legislation Requiring More Background Checks for Refugees

November 24, 2015
Press Release

Today, the U.S. House of Representative passed H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015, on a bipartisan vote, 289 to 137.

The legislation will require additional certifications for refugees to resettle in the United States.

Representative John Moolenaar (R-Midland) voted for the legislation and made the following statement:

“The legislation passed today will require the Obama Administration to collect the intelligence necessary to complete stringent refugee background checks in order to ensure terrorists are not using the refugee program to enter the United States. Defending the American people from threats abroad is the federal government’s primary responsibility and one I take very seriously in my role as a public servant. This legislation upholds our values as a compassionate nation and defends our citizens against a possible threat.”