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US Legislation on Syrian Refugees Adds Bureaucracy, Not Security

© AP Photo / Matt RourkeSyrian refugee prays at the Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley in Whitehall, Pa
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The new US legislation to pause Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States adds bureaucracy without improving the country’s security.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik), Leandra Bernstein — The new US legislation to pause Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States adds bureaucracy without improving the country’s security, Congressman David Cicilline told Sputnik.

"[The US refugee vetting process] is the most robust process in the world… and this piece of legislation did not add to that process. It added additional bureaucracy, but no additional safety," Cicilline said following the House of Representatives approval of the bill on Thursday.

The bill requires the directors of the major US federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to personally sign off on each refugee that enters the United States.

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Cicilline argued that lawmakers could "add another biometric or another test" to improve the refugee vetting process. "But simply to add another bureaucracy doesn't do that."

The US refugee vetting process involves numerous agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, National Counterterrorism Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The agencies conduct extensive background checks, interviews, as well as collect and compare biometrics and other information in databases for review.

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