Lawmakers respond to House vote on Syria refugees

Immigration and refugees are a hot topic in the country right now, and the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would keep Syrian and Iraqi refugees out of the country unless they pass strict background checks.

- Immigration and refugees are a hot topic in the country right now, and the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would keep Syrian and Iraqi refugees out of the country unless they pass strict background checks.

The bill passed with nearly unanimous support from Republicans, and several Democrats.

All five of Arizona's Republicans in the House voted for the bill, one Democrat Kyrsten Sinema joined them voting yes. The other three Democrats voted no.

It was not a surprise that Republicans voted for more security restrictions for refugees, but it was for the 47 Democrats who went along with the Republicans.

"The United States has always been a safe haven for individuals, particularly vulnerable individuals fleeing war-town countries. This legislation adds one layer of security to an already robust process," said Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery also weighed in, agreeing that there is a need for more security and blaming the White House.

"Unless, and until the President can demonstrate he is passionate on protecting Americans as he engages in political and partisan attacks, there should be no settlement of Syrian refugees in America or Arizona," said Bill Montgomery.

Congressman Ruben Gallego, a Phoenix Democrat, called out the bill's supporters saying. "I am disappointed and alarmed by the Republican rush to politically capitalize on the tragic events in Paris. Even in the wake of a series of devastating terror attacks, the French Government has already re-affirmed its commitment to accepting refugees. The United States should do the same."

In order for the bill to become law the Senate will have to pass it, that has not happened yet. If it does pass President Obama has vowed to veto it. On the House side, for its part, the house may have the votes to override the veto.


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