House Passes Bill That Would Tighten Rules For Admitting Syrian Refugees

By Robert SchroederMarketWatch Pulse

The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would put new restrictions on refugees from Syria or Iraq who are seeking to enter the U.S. The White House has said President Barack Obama would veto the Republican-authored bill, which comes less than a week after the attacks in Paris. The bill would require heads of agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation to certify refugees are not security threats before they are allowed into the country. Immigration from Syria has come under scrutiny following the Paris attacks, in which one of suspects posed as a Syrian refugee. The vote was 289 to 137, with 47 Democrats joining Republicans in approving the bill.

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