Toomey: Suspend Admission of Refugees

Member Group : U.S. Senator Pat Toomey

For Immediate Release: November 16, 2015
Contact: E.R. Anderson 202-224-8609

Senator Toomey: Admission of Syrian Refugees into U.S. Should be Suspended

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) released the following statement about the U.S. and Pennsylvania accepting Syrian refugees in light of the report that a Syrian, claiming refugee status, participated in the atrocity in Paris last week.

"In light of the credible report that a violent Islamist extremist claiming refugee status participated in the attacks in Paris, we must reexamine our security protocols for admitting Syrian refugees. While most refugees are innocent people in dire situations, unfortunately we presently have no fully reliable way of vetting those who come from chaotic terrorist havens such as Syria. As a result, we should suspend refugee admissions from Syria until we are able to determine with full confidence that there are no security risks among them. The safety of our people must come first."

Elizabeth "E.R." Anderson
Communications Director
U.S Senator Pat Toomey
248 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510