United States Sen. Deb Fischer sticks with her call to halt the Syrian refugee program until it is thoroughly reviewed.
Fischer calls for a pause to the Syrian refugee program, saying there should be zero tolerance for risk.
“I think a good review of those procedures is important, because we have to determine if they should be enhanced,” Fischer tells reporters in a conference call. “As you know, there is a different situation on the ground in Syria. It’s a unique situation with these refugees.”
Fischer says President Barack Obama’s criticism of those calling for a halt are inappropriate.
“Nebraskans are fearful,” according to Fischer. “Nebraskans are fearful of the situation we have in the world and I believe we’re in that situation, because of the lack of strategy from this administration and the lack of action from this administration.”
The United States House has approved a measure demanding stronger vetting before Syrian refugees enter the country in response to reports that at least one of the terrorists involved in the massacre in Paris slipped into Europe among Syrian refugees.
The legislation would require the head of Homeland security and the FBI as well as the national intelligence director to certify to Congress that each Syrian or Iraqi refugee entering the country poses no security threat.
The Obama Administration says the bill would create significant delays without enhancing meaningful additional security and the president has threatened to veto it should it make it to his desk. Democrats in the U.S. Senate have threatened to filibuster the measure.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]