Roby Statement on Syrian Refugee Resettlement: 'Are we really this naive?'

November 16, 2015
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today made the following statement regarding Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States following the Paris terrorist attacks:
 
“As many as 10,000 Syrian refugees are reportedly about to start showing up in the United States in 2016 per President Obama's directive. Are we really this naive? At least one of the Paris attackers came into that country via similar means, and ISIS has said they would actively try to game the refugee resettlement process to infiltrate western countries.
 
“This is not about keeping Syrians out of our state or even our country. We all hate what these people are going through and want to help them how we can. But amid the direct security threat facing our country from radical Islamic terrorism, we simply cannot risk our security by allowing thousands of Syrian refugees to resettle here, especially without a robust screening and security process in place. That's just common sense, and I fear our president is too blinded by his worldview to see it.
 
“Returning to Washington this week I will be speaking out about this and getting answers on behalf of the people I represent.”