Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema joined a bipartisan majority in support of H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. She released the following statement after the vote:
“The Islamic State is a legitimate, immediate threat to the United States. We must take every step to keep our country safe from terrorism.
“Welcoming refugees is part of America’s legacy. When I was a practicing social worker, I helped resettle refugees from war-torn countries such as Bosnia, Sudan, and Ethiopia. These families came with nothing but their trauma and hope for the future. They’ve contributed in many ways to our country and are valued members of our community.
“I disagree with Governor Ducey’s recent decision to reject refugees in Arizona. Our state has long been one of the most welcoming states in the country to refugees, consistently accepting more refugees per capita than almost any other state in the country. Arizona should continue to be a safe haven for the most vulnerable in our world, such as children and the elderly who have been victimized by war.
“Today’s bill strengthens the refugee vetting process so we can continue to shelter those in need and keep our homeland safe from terrorism. After recent events, the American people deserve the assurances included in this bill. The Administration should not stop the program; it should certify refugees if they pass a thorough and rigorous screening process.
“More work remains to keep our country safe. Threats, like the security gaps in the visa waiver program, remain and require sensible, bipartisan action. I am working on a proposal with both Republicans and Democrats to close this loophole and reduce the threat of terrorists entering the United States from other countries."
Read the full text of the bill here.