Sessions, Cruz, Rebuke Obama Administration

In Senator Sessions’ capacity as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest; and in Senator Cruz’ capacity as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committees’ Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights, and Federal Courts; the following press release has been made public:

“On August 12, we sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and Secretary of State John Kerry, asking for specific information regarding the nexus between terrorism and our immigration system to be provided to us no later than September 4. Specifically, the letter identified at least 72 individuals in the United States who have been identified as having a connection to terrorism over the last one-year period. According to publicly available information, a disproportionately large number of these individuals are foreign-born immigrants admitted to the United States – and in many cases, are immigrants who naturalized after admission. An additional number are the children of foreign migrants. The letter asked for basic immigration and family immigration information pertaining to each of these terrorists.

More than three months later the Administration has not provided immigration details on a single one of the 72. It is quite telling that this Administration – which seems to have unlimited resources to circumvent our immigration laws and further its executive amnesties – cannot find the time or resources to provide timely answers to these simple questions. Moreover, after this past weekend’s barbaric attacks in Paris, the Administration’s continued insistence on pursuing the massive resettlement of countless individuals from unstable areas of the world reveals a flagrant disregard for the safety and security of the American people. In just the last year, refugees and other migrants admitted to the U.S. from Bosnia, Somalia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ghana, Kuwait and Bangladesh have been implicated in terrorist activity.

The Administration must commit to answering our questions, and to ensuring the safety and security of the American people by discontinuing its dangerous resettlement policies.”

The press release can also be viewed here.