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Maggie Hassan on Immigration

 

 


Temporarily halt acceptance of refugees from Syria

Given that ISIS has proven that it can expand its violence beyond the Mideast, it is prudent to take a step back and make sure that every possible action is being taken to protect American citizens here at home. That is why I have called for the federal government to temporarily halt acceptance of refugees from Syria until intelligence and defense officials can assure that the process for vetting all refugees is as strong as possible to ensure public safety.

This should be a temporary measure. The federal government can and must work in a timely fashion to conduct a thorough re-evaluation of every step in the screening process.

When it comes to refugee resettlement, the federal government also needs to improve its coordination with local officials. As governor, I know firsthand that the federal government does not do enough to communicate with local public safety officials about who is being resettled, what their backgrounds are, and how they have been screened--and that needs to change.

Source: Hassan OpEd in Manchester Union Leader on Syrian Refugees , Nov 17, 2015

Close borders for now; but welcome ISIS refugees later

We are a welcoming nation of immigrants, and we must always continue to be. Throughout our history, the United States has been an extraordinary force for good in the world, and as we work to protect our country and our allies, we cannot lose sight of the inclusive values of our founders or of our commitment to addressing humanitarian crises.

We cannot demonize an entire people or forever close our borders. We must recognize that if we don't remain a welcoming, inclusive and diverse nation, then we will cease to be America. It's in the interests of our nation--both based on our values and our national security--to aid the vulnerable people, including women and children, who are fleeing from the atrocities and terror of ISIS.

After we re-evaluate and strengthen our security measures, we must engage in the process of addressing this humanitarian crisis.

Source: Hassan OpEd in Manchester Union Leader on Syrian Refugees , Nov 17, 2015

Halt acceptance of Syrian refugees until fully vetted

Gov. Maggie Hassan says the United States should halt the acceptance of Syrian refugees until intelligence and defense officials can assure a strong process for vetting refugees. Hassan also says more facts are needed on how the attackers got into Paris before the United States takes more Syrian refugees.
Source: ABC News on Syrian Refugee Crisis , Nov 16, 2015

Ensure robust screening before we admit refugees from Syria

Ballotpedia.org analysis of stances on Syrian refugee resettlement: After the attacks in Paris, France, on November 13, 2015, many U.S. governors declared their support or opposition to Syrian refugee resettlement in their states. Hassan expressed conditional opposition to the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state of New Hampshire. Her spokesman said:

"[The governor] has always made clear that we must ensure robust refugee screening to protect American citizens, and believes that we must know more of the facts about those who carried out the Paris terrorist attacks and have strong assurances of safety from our intelligence officials before we admit refugees from Syria into the United States."

Source: Ballotpedia.org coverage of Syrian Refugee crisis , Nov 13, 2015

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