Sen. Perdue Votes To Suspend Refugee Process

U.S. Senator David Perdue issued the statement below today voicing his support of the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act. He holds that the Act would suspend the admission of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the United States until the integrity of the vetting process is improved.

Sen. David Perdue:

“ISIS has called on its supporters to exploit refugee programs and unsecure borders to attack its enemies. This global call to action and resulting terrorist attacks have Georgians and Americans concerned about their safety and the security of our homeland. This bill helps guarantee that effective safeguards are in place to prevent radical terrorists from using the refugee program to their advantage. When we are facing such serious safety threats, it is disappointing Senate Democrats blocked this effort and put political interests ahead of national security.”

You can see the text of the Act and its summary after the break.

Bill summary:

American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 or the American SAFE Act of 2015

(Sec. 2) This bill requires that, in addition to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) screening, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shall take all actions necessary to ensure that each covered alien receives a background investigation before U.S. refugee admission.

A “covered alien” is any alien applying for U.S. refugee admission who:

  • is a national or resident of Iraq or Syria,
  • has no nationality and whose last habitual residence was in Iraq or Syria, or
  • has been present in Iraq or Syria at any time on or after March 1, 2011.

A covered alien:

  • may not be admitted as a refugee until the FBI certifies to DHS and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) that he or she has received a background investigation sufficient to determine whether the alien is a U.S. security threat; and
  • may only be admitted to the United States after DHS, with the unanimous concurrence of the FBI and the DNI, certifies to Congress that he or she is not such a threat.

The Inspector General of DHS shall conduct annual risk-based reviews of all certifications.

DHS shall report monthly to Congress on the total number of admission applications for which a certification was made and the number of covered aliens for whom such a certification was not made for the preceding month. The report shall include for each covered alien for whom a certification was not made the concurrence or nonconcurrence of each person whose concurrence was required by the certification.

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This is grandstanding and offers very little help for actually fixing the stated problem. If you are concerned about ISIS in the US, they are much more likely to enter by a different program and are much more likely to recruit citizens.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Considering that exponentially more people in the US are killed by guns than are killed by ISIS, I look forward to seeing Sen. Perdue’s gun control proposals.

Since we’re more likely to drown in the bathtub than be the victim of a terrorist attack, what is Sen. Perdue’s plan to save us from our own bathtubs?

Glad to see LaDawn Jones isn’t the only Georgian tilting at windmills today.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s a continuation of the GOP’s fortify the Mexican border before addressing illegals approach to immigration.

How’s that been working over the past decade?

I’m farther away from the Dem and closer to the GOP than most people would expect, so I feel entitled to answer my own question.

Pretty crappy.


Remember when your friends and relatives voted for Purdue because he was an outsider and a “get things done” businessman?


“Since we’re more likely to drown in the bathtub than be the victim of a terrorist attack…”
I’m sure the families of the 911, San Bernadino and Ft. Hood attack victims had that very same thought…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Seeing as how none of those attacks were perpetrated by Syrian refugees, I don’t understand the point you’re trying to make.


ISIS has admitted to infiltrating the Syrian refugees to get into the US. I’m thinking some version of Zell’s Copperhead Speech is in order right about now.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Got a link to that ISIS statement? Even if what you’re saying ISIS said is true, it overlooks the fact that there have been no attacks by Syrian refugees.

The 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. Nidal Hassan was from Virginia. The San Bernadino shooters were Pakistani. So unless your argument is “all Muslims bad,” I don’t see how referencing 9/11, Ft. Hood, and San Bernadino have anything to do with Syrian refugees.