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Aderholt Statement on Vote to Protect the Homeland

November 19, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), today release a statement on his vote in favor of toughening restrictions on Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking admittance to the United States.


"This bill provides protection for the American people. It appears that the President opposes this bill because it is tough and establishes some tough criteria for any Syrian or Iraqi to be granted refugee status in our country.  Some have asked why Congress would do something like this. We do not lock the doors of our homes at night because we hate the people outside but because we love the people within.

“It is important to note that one of the reasons we have a Syrian refugee crisis in the first place is due to the President’s policies in the Middle East and how they simply have not worked. Two years ago when he referred to ISIS as the “JV Squad,” he made it clear his administration underestimated the threat of this group.

“There is concern that the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security would not do an adequate job in vetting these refugees unless more guidelines are imposed.  Currently the public is very skeptical of the Department of Homeland Security along with the Department of State. There needs to be more oversight by Congress.”

In Washington Congressman Aderholt serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee; he is also a member of the Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, the Committee’s Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, and the Helsinki Commission.

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