US lawmakers want to pause refugee program in light of Paris attacks

By REUTERS
November 17, 2015 17:34

 
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WASHINGTON - Republicans in the US House of Representatives are calling for a pause in the Syria refugee program and working on a plan for how the United States handles the immigrants fleeing Syrian violence in light of the recent attacks in Paris, Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday.

"This is a moment where it is better to be safe than sorry. So we think the prudent, the responsible thing is to take a pause in this particular aspect of this refugee program in order to verify that terrorists are not trying to infiltrate the refugee population," he said at a news conference.

He also said that last Friday's attacks in Paris were "an act of war."


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