After Paris attacks, US Republicans defy Obama on Syrian refugees

November 18, 2015 21:20

WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers defied President Barack Obama on Wednesday and set out plans following last week's Paris attacks to tighten screening of Syrian refugees in a fight that challenges America's view of itself as a refuge for downtrodden immigrants.

Concerned about possible attacks in the United States after Islamic State killed 129 people in the French capital on Friday, the Republican chairman of a US House of Representatives security panel proposed additional scrutiny of refugees fleeing Syria as well as Iraq seeking to enter the United States.Reports that at least one of the Paris attackers was believed to have slipped into Europe among migrants registered in Greece prompted several Western countries to begin to question their willingness to take in refugees.

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