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Cruz introduces the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act


This news story was published on November 19, 2015.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this week introduced the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015, which will immediately bar refugees to the United States from any country, such as Iraq or Syria, that contains territory substantially controlled by a foreign terrorist organization. The bill sunsets after three years so that Congress can reevaluate the global situation and either let the bill expire or reauthorize it with necessary modifications in light of changed circumstances.

Upon introduction of the bill, Sen. Cruz stated, “After watching the horrific scenes play out in Paris, we have to take basic steps to protect ourselves from the growing threat of radical Islamic terrorism. This legislation will do just that.”

“As the American people are now painfully aware, ISIS has emerged as the new face of the radical terror that has bedeviled the West in recent decades. Unlike some regional jihadists, ISIS represents a direct and growing threat to our citizens, and increasingly to our homeland itself. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has clearly lacked focus on national security interests. I believe we must do everything we can to prevent even a very few jihadis from slipping into our nation and urge my colleagues to join me in this effort to protect the American people.”

The full text of Sen. Cruz’s legislation is available here. Find more information on this measure below:

-The Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 immediately bars any refugee who is “a national of, has habitually resided in, or is claiming refugee status due to events in” any country that contains territory controlled in substantial part by a Foreign Terrorist Organization, as designated by the State Department.  The bill specifically names Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, and the State Department is empowered to identify and designate additional countries.

-The bill sunsets after three years so that Congress can reevaluate the global situation and either let the bill expire or reauthorize it with necessary modifications in light of changed circumstances.

-The bill includes one narrow exception to this ban:  A refugee from one of the identified high-risk countries can be admitted, but only if the prospective refugee proves “clearly and beyond doubt” that he or she satisfies the requirements for refugee status and is a member of a group that has been designated as a victim of genocide by the State Department or by Act of Congress.  This exception is for the severest cases of persecution, and a refugee who cannot prove membership in the group cannot be admitted.  Also, the Secretary of State may refuse to designate a group for this exception if the Secretary finds that the group may pose a substantial security threat to the United States.

-Even then, a refugee who qualifies for this narrow exception can only be admitted if he or she has undergone the highest available level of security screening, including assessments by the FBI Terrorist Screening Center and the National Counterterrorism Center; the refugee has been subjected to full multi-modal biometrics; and perhaps most importantly, the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Homeland Security, Director of the FBI, and Director of National Intelligence all certify that the refugee is not a national security threat.

-The bill also mandates that the Secretary of Homeland Security may not admit any refugee based solely on the assertions of the refugee.  DHS cannot simply take the refugee’s word for it.  Instead, the bill requires DHS to coordinate with the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Director of National Intelligence to ensure that the refugee’s story is corroborated.

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62 Responses to Cruz introduces the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act

  1. Bodacious Reply Report comment

    November 22, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    One thing I find interesting here is LVS and David talk about Muslims lying all the time and the same goes for ‘liberals’. Do either of you two realize that the Jihadists of the Muslim religion are conservatives of their religious group? They are pretty much like all the conservatives in this country and on this site…their way is the only way and everyone who doesn’t believe as they do should leave or die. Sounds a lot like Nazi Germany to me.

    • JKL Reply Report comment

      November 22, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Well put Bodacious.
      Good analogy, but that won’t penetrate the dense skulls of LVS & David.
      They are beyond any sort of logical & intelligent comprehension.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      November 22, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      @Bodacious-what you should really find interesting is that just two weeks ago Obama said ISIS was contained and there was nothing to worry about. More lies by the Great Liar in the White House. Don’t forget, you insurance rates will not go up and you can keep your doctor. We all know how that lie worked out.

    • David Reply Report comment

      November 22, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      people lie for different reason, to keep from getting in trouble, to further their agenda, or to hurt someone. Liberals and muslems and even republicans lie to further their agenda but the problem is the muslems final agenda is the death of all infidels and world domination.

      • Bodacious Reply Report comment

        November 22, 2015 at 2:33 pm

        Isn’t that the far right mantra – death to all liberals and world domination because we are more Christian than you?

        • David Reply Report comment

          November 22, 2015 at 2:34 pm

          nope, thats maybe what you think it is but it’s not

          • Bodacious

            November 22, 2015 at 4:57 pm

            Sure sounds like it most of the time.

          • David

            November 22, 2015 at 5:54 pm

            maybe if you got off the msnbc, all i ever hear, and i don’t watch fox, is the democrats calling for the death of anybody that don’t agree with them. Not to mention the deaths of millions of babies.

          • LVS

            November 22, 2015 at 6:23 pm

            @David-That would be Hilary and Obama. Most Democrats are not that way.

  2. David Reply Report comment

    November 19, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    it just blows my mind, all the press coverage of what ISIS has been doing, the killings, beheadings, burnings. According to the quran it says it is good to lie to the infidel, kill those that do not believe in allah. How stupid can you be to think that if we brought them here, gave them money, food, house that they will not try to take over and kill those that do not believe. Ignorance isn’t a strong enough word for those that think they will be peaceful. they talk about only the radical islamists are killers, if they believe in allah then they believe the infidels must die.

    • California Caliphate Reply Report comment

      November 20, 2015 at 5:13 am

      Agreed! They have the ‘forward scouts’ who gloss over the tyranny and abuse that Islam is hoping to secure a foothold in this nation. Then when 51% critical mass is reached, they will begin toppling western values to put in place Sharia law and their Caliphate.

      The end game of Islam is what must be considered, not the middle game or opening.

    • David Reply Report comment

      November 20, 2015 at 8:13 am

      I rest my case, muslems in mali walking through the radison hotel asking people to quote the quran and if they can’t they shoot them. This is a peaceful religion?????

      • California Caliphate Reply Report comment

        November 20, 2015 at 8:49 am

        Yeah I just heard the news. Im in active battles on a national liberal blog. Those idiots are still apologizing for Islam and trying to sell the bullshit storyline of Islam being peaceful. Islam is like the HIV virus: when viral loads become too high- you die.

        • David Reply Report comment

          November 20, 2015 at 11:31 am

          There is some stupidity that just can’t be cured.

      • Bodacious Reply Report comment

        November 20, 2015 at 11:37 am

        Get all of the information before you make a statement such as this. Right now, there is no concrete evidence they are Muslim, and, if anything, they aren’t ISIS members, but Al Queda. In addition, a retired US General just said on CNN that because of the way these terrorists were dressed-in casual, civilian clothes, that more than likely this was a local issue not an ISIS attack.

        • California Caliphate..with sauce Reply Report comment

          November 20, 2015 at 11:43 am

          Bodacious, normally I’m liberal on many subjects, but when it comes to Islam the libs have it all wrong. Islam when it reaches critical mass becomes more repressive and dangerous than conservative republicans could ever dream of. I’m working to protect my own self interests and those of future freedom loving people by taking a staunch stance against Islam and its promulgation within the United States. I want all MUSLIMS OUT. No exceptions. It’s a cult, not a religion, and its core values run contrary to the American Constitution.

        • David Reply Report comment

          November 20, 2015 at 2:11 pm

          The last thing I knew we were at war with al queda so it doesn’t matter if it is them or isis. I hope you see the truth before they cut your head off whoever they are.

        • LVS Reply Report comment

          November 20, 2015 at 2:56 pm

          It is a name. They all stand for the same thing. Kill Americans is what they want. Anyone who doesn’t realize that is a fool.

    • David Reply Report comment

      November 20, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      For all you bleeding heart liberals that is defending islam, watch this video, this is what you are defending. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3208660/Child-abuse-wicked-sort-Shocking-new-ISIS-video-shows-baby-faced-three-year-old-boy-behead-TEDDY-BEAR.html

    • Bodacious Reply Report comment

      November 20, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Of course you won’t believe this but I thought I would put it out there anyway..

      “‘Infidel’ in the Koran is not just a noun or an adjective, it is the word that the Koran uses to describe explicitly and exclusively the Meccan aristocracy with which the Muslim community was at war with,” explained Dr. Reza Aslan, a Muslim scholar and author of several books on the Middle East.

      • David Reply Report comment

        November 20, 2015 at 5:47 pm

        this guy you are quoting, is he a muslem? I would bet that he is, it is ok for them to lie to the infidels to further their agenda.

        • Bodacious Reply Report comment

          November 21, 2015 at 8:00 am

          Great comeback David.

          • LVS

            November 21, 2015 at 8:46 am

            Yes it is a great comeback David, and true too.

          • LVS

            November 21, 2015 at 8:48 am

            10 more people killed today in Africa again, and Belgium is in a panic because of creditable threats. They are coming for the Looney Left.

          • Anonymous

            November 21, 2015 at 9:05 am

            Bodacious, I just knew that LVS wouldn’t get the sarcasm.

            LVS is proof-positive that evolution can go in reverse, with an intellect rivaled only by garden tools.
            If his brain were cotton, he wouldn’t have enough to make earmuffs for an ant.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 21, 2015 at 9:02 am

          That is one of your many endearing qualities David, you’re so quick on the uptake.
          Yes sir, sharp as the leading edge of a marble.

          • David

            November 21, 2015 at 9:13 am

            I was serious, if he is a uslem what did you expect he would say. Anybody that has done even a little research on islam will tell you that they all lie to further their agenda and their end result is world domination and the death of ALL infidels.

          • LVS

            November 21, 2015 at 9:54 am

            David is correct, it is part of their religion that allows them to lie to anyone not a Muslim. That is why Obummer lies every time he opens his mouth. You have to be deaf, dumb and stupid not to know that. Of course the Anonymous AHole is just shooting off his ignorant mouth again.

          • Bodacious

            November 21, 2015 at 11:28 am

            Great comebacks, LVS and David. Everyone lies but you two.

          • Bodacious

            November 21, 2015 at 11:29 am

            Why don’t you two run for President and Vice President. You have all the answers.

          • David

            November 21, 2015 at 11:30 am

            one day I know you will see the light, I just hope it isn’t too late.

          • LVS

            November 21, 2015 at 11:36 am

            @Bodacious-That is because we are not liberals. We don’t have to lie.

          • Anonymous

            November 21, 2015 at 12:27 pm

            LVS, it is so cute when you try to put on your big-boy pants & pretend like you know what you’re talking about.
            Although you make feeble attempts at sounding knowledgeable, you are de facto the idiot in residence here.
            Every time that you open your mouth (keyboard), you prove to everyone just how stupid you really are.

            And that you’re a liar has been proven over & over again.
            Truly you are one sad & pathetic old man.

  3. Rahmbo Reply Report comment

    November 19, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Cruz is typical–an immigrant coming to the US and then telling us how to run things. Even worse, he was born in Canada only because his parents wanted the easy, welfare-healthcare goodies offered by Canada.

    I guess one thing about him is accurate–it takes one to know one.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      November 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Sounds just like a liberal right here doesn’t it?

      • bisonchess Reply Report comment

        November 19, 2015 at 6:48 pm

        Do you mean someone who has a clue? Yep.

        • David Reply Report comment

          November 19, 2015 at 8:20 pm

          Not so much as a clue but someone with their head up their a$$.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 21, 2015 at 10:29 am

        LVS-you sound just like the right wing republican you are!!

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 19, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    So the diminutive ex-Canadian socialist Obamacare recipient hypocrite thinks he can simply throw some legislation together without giving anyone time to conduct their due diligence on it and fully expects the Senate to pass it huh.

    Cruz plays on the ignorance & fear of the weak-minded counting on the knee-jerk reactions of the intellectually challenged, like that stupid old coot on the North end of MC

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      November 19, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      If what you say was true you would be the first one to buy into what Cruse says. You libraterd loonies are all in it for a free ride and you are the most miserable asshole of them all.

      • David Reply Report comment

        November 19, 2015 at 8:19 pm

        I remember it being said before the huge influx of muslems into Europe that by allowing that many in will cause problems, terrorist attacks and nobody listened. only the ignorant does not learn from their mistakes and by allowing them, in huge numbers, will bring attacks here,

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 20, 2015 at 11:31 am

        So you had all my comments deleted, huh LVS.

        You like to dish it out , but you can’t take it.
        You’re such an ass-kissing pussy.
        Go ahead and delete this & prove what butt-kissing wimp you really are LVS.

  5. bisonchess Reply Report comment

    November 19, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    We’re quickly becoming a nation of cowards, thanks to Cruz and his chicken shit buddies. I guess it’s patriotic to be afraid of 6 year-olds who are trying to survive. We might as well tell France to take back their statue. We don’t deserve it.

    • David Reply Report comment

      November 19, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      only thing is it isn’t 6 year olds that are coming over, it’s military age men and if you believe that it is widows and children you are a special kind of stupid.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      November 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      And, you are part of the 18% of the people in the U.S. that are to stupid to recognize the threat. And, when they come and they will I certainly hope the 18% are the ones that get slaughtered just like they did in France or Boston. What a bunch of imbeciles.

      • Rahmbo Reply Report comment

        November 19, 2015 at 6:16 pm

        I would far rather be among the 18% who are waiting for some evidence of the refugee threat than be among those, like yourself, who believe everything an MSM talking head says or every utterance from the mouths of the beltway elite.

        Herman Goring had you pegged:

        “the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”

        • LVS Reply Report comment

          November 19, 2015 at 6:31 pm

          So, you would rather be with the 18% that are imbeciles? I would say you are probably already there.

          • ELVIS

            November 20, 2015 at 4:15 am

            You contribute nothing at all to adult conversation on this site.

          • LVS

            November 20, 2015 at 10:00 am

            What would a imbecile like you know about being adult? You give new definition to the term ahole.

  6. LVS Reply Report comment

    November 19, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Good for Cruz-he is doing what the majority of Americans want (58%). Only 18% of Americans are idiots and want to let them in. 11% want Christians only.

    • Bodacious Reply Report comment

      November 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      Christians have committed more acts of terrorism in the United States than any other group.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        November 19, 2015 at 3:07 pm

        @Bodacious-What has that got to do with the threat by these savages? Why are you trying to change the subject? More blacks kill eachother than any other race too. What of it?

        • Bodacious Reply Report comment

          November 19, 2015 at 4:14 pm

          Here’s what it has to do with it You and your cronies are so afraid of “foreigners” coming to this country to commit acts of violence that you forget that the overwhelming majority of acts of violence in this country are committed by Americans and often the act is based by their ‘Christian’ beliefs. Timothy McVeigh was a 7th Day Adventist who killed more people in Oklahoma City than were killed in Paris. He thought so much of a splinter group of 7th Day Adventists called the Branch Davidians that after they were massacred in Waco, he thought he would exact his own revenge. Quit being a frightened American whiner and start being one who believes in what this country was founded upon and one who is willing to fight to that foundation.

          • Anonymous

            November 19, 2015 at 4:45 pm

            these people do not like us, it dosnt take very many braincells to see that,. theres no way they can bring in these ‘Refugees” and not bring in extremist as well. it sucks for the people in syria that arnt part of the violence but we need to focus on keeping our people safe not them. paris was a perfect example of what will be happening here if these ragheads are let in.

          • LVS

            November 19, 2015 at 6:26 pm

            Timothy Mc Veigh was years and years ago. You libs need to get over it. This threat is real and it is today. Quit living in the past and get up with the rest of the world.

          • Bodacious

            November 19, 2015 at 6:43 pm

            And you LVS are frightened and thoughtless.

          • John

            November 19, 2015 at 8:04 pm

            Bodacious, You are not telling the truth, McVey was an agnostic and was very public about it. You liberals like to throw McVey out every time a conversation like this comes up. He said science was his religion.

          • LVS

            November 20, 2015 at 10:04 am

            Bodacious-Frightened and thoughtless?? Do you lock your doors at night to keep criminals out? Do you lock your car when you leave it in the Minneapolis Airport? These are all common sense thing we do to protect what we have worked for and our loved ones if you have anyone who loves you. Why wouldn’t you protect your family from proven killers. Today they have attacked and killed people in Bali, tomorrow it could be Mason City and looney liberals will be the first targets.

          • Bodacious

            November 20, 2015 at 11:18 am

            @John
            “McVeigh was raised a Roman Catholic Christian and was confirmed in 1985. He was a registered REPUBLICAN, a MEMBER OF THE NRA and voted Libertarian. The bombings took place in 1995 and prior to the bombing his ‘goodbye’ letter to his childhood friend contained the following line:

            I know in my heart that I am right in my struggle, Steve. I have come to peace with myself, my God and my cause. Blood will flow in the streets, Steve. Good vs. Evil. Free Men vs. Socialist Wannabe Slaves. Pray it is not your blood, my friend.

            In 1996, after the bombing, when he was interviewed and asked about his religious position he said that he still believed in god, though he had lost touch with his Catholicism. He said he still maintained core Catholic, Christian beliefs.

            By 2001 he proclaimed that he did not believe in hell and that ‘Science is my god’.”

            McVeigh declared himself agnostic 6 years after the bombing. You need to read all information about him and then you can call me out for not telling the truth

          • David

            November 20, 2015 at 11:35 am

            @LVS, looney liberals will not be the first targets, why would they shoot themselves?