Defying Obama, U.S. House passes tougher Syrian refugee screening

The U.S. House of Representatives, defying a veto threat by President Barack Obama, overwhelmingly passed Republican-backed legislation on Thursday to suspend Obama’s program to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year and then intensify the process of screening them.

The measure, quickly drafted this week following the Islamic State attacks in Paris on Friday that killed 129 people, was approved on a vote of 289 to 137, with 47 of Obama’s 188 fellow Democrats breaking with the White House to support it.

The vote came despite a last-ditch appeal for Democratic votes from Jeh Johnson, Obama’s secretary of Homeland Security, and Denis McDonough, his chief of staff.

  • The Butterfly

    How on earth can any of our bureaucrats know the slightest thing about some sort of goatherd in Syria? It isn’t possible. They are simply lying to us about everything.

    • WalterBannon

      exactly. all this talk of screening is bullshit there is no way they can screen anything or do any meaningful background checks on these muslims

      their lies are nothing less than treason

  • WalterBannon

    “The White House had said Obama would veto the House bill”

    Americans need to veto Obama, with extreme prejudice…

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Let Obama veto and be damned.

  • Gary

    Justin has just removed the travel restriction from Mexico which was needed to force “tourists” to have Passports because we had 15,000 Mexicans pour in to Canada in one year to make a Refugee claim where they are still here on welfare .
    ISIS can now send thousands to Mexico to fake ID or NO ID to board flights for Canada to make refugee claims.
    We all know that once a terrorist or wanted War Criminal make a refugee claim it can take up to 20+ years to get them out IF SCOC doesn’t defend them to stay here.

    You voted for him , now you’re stuck with him over the next 4 years.
    Remember, he told the CBC that he would give them about $600,000,000.00 more for their Budget during his first reign of 4 years .
    No shock that the CBC helped Justin get Elected as PM.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      …looks like the predicted 2.3 bil surplus for 2015, is now, since the Libs have taken over the ‘hood, it’s going to be a 3 bil deficit….

    • Alain

      I also understand that the Liberals are using our money to pay for an ad blitz to convince Canadians that they should accept the 25,000 “Syrian refugees”, which means the Liberals lied (I know it is so hard to believe) when they said they would put an end to partisan spending.

  • Xavier

    Executive action on the way. You peasants cannot stop the King.

  • DMB

    Coming to a neighborhood near you. You can be sure Justin will make sure that all these Syrian “refugees” coming to Canada will be Muslims and not Christian. Liberals should be shot on sight!

    • Maneki-neko

      Muslims are always the victims, maybe has something to do with worshipping a false god.

  • Maneki-neko

    Sunni Gulf states won’t accept them on security concerns.

  • DMB

    Immigration minister John Mccallum invited Canadians to sponsor Syrian refugees and even invite them to live in your home. Know how wants to be all warm and fuzzy and have them live with you. I say let them live with Liberals. Get ready for a surprise!

    • Maggat

      An armed citizenry is a safe citizenry, this video shows how an unarmed citizenry handles a attack. They can’t.

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  • Brett_McS

    This is a bit of theatre. Who is going to ‘vet’ the refugees? Why, the Obama administration, of course. Warm up the auto-signing pens.