“As Members of Congress, our first responsibility is to protect and defend the American people and our constitution. The attacks in Paris and Beirut give searing urgency to that responsibility. We will continue to strengthen our efforts to destroy ISIS, fight terror, and protect the American people. We are resolute and we are strong.
“ISIS’s brutality is a threat to all nations. The horrific attacks in Paris and the inhuman violence that is driving so many Syrian families to flee their homes in search of safety challenge the whole world to action. While we must and do subject any prospective-refugee to the most rigorous scrutiny and screening, it would betray our proudest values as Americans to slam the door in the face of desperate mothers seeking a safe place for their children.
“The fact is, since October 2013, only about 2,100 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the United States. Before approval, all applicants are subjected to rigorous scrutiny and an intensive screening process that takes, on average, between 18 and 24 months. We can both welcome desperate, vulnerable families and ensure our own security. No terrorist’s hate can overcome the strength of our values – and we will be unwavering in our fight against terror.”