US House of Representatives passed Bill to restrict entry of Syrian, Iraqi refugees

Nov 20, 2015 11:00 IST

The US House of Representatives on 19 November 2015 passed a bill to bar Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the US. The house passed the bill despite a threat by President Barack Obama to veto the bill.

The bill that seeks to impose more stringent security provisions on already robust screening of Iraqi and Syrian refugees was voted 289 in favour to 137 opposed.

Now, the bill will be sent to the Senate for passage and then to Obama for approval.


What the Bill seeks?

The bill seeks that each refugee heading towards the US would require signing of the head of the top US law-enforcement and national security officials stating that the person will not be a threat to security of the nation. The institutions who will be signing include FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence.

Why such a bill was needed?

The bill was brought and voted due to security concerns, which rose after the attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead. One of the perpetrators of seven who died in attacks is thought to be a Syrian who entered Europe via Greece with migrants.

The attacks were claimed by Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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