Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the arrest of two Iraqi refugees in the United States on terrorism charges:

“This morning’s arrests make clear what the President has disregarded for too long: Our refugee program has the potential to be abused, putting the American people at risk of terrorism. According to authorities, one of these individuals even travelled to Syria to ally with a terrorist group before returning to America. The FBI’s diligence allowed us to catch these two individuals before they could carry out an attack on the United States or engage in terrorism abroad, but we must be more vigilant about the threats we are facing. 

“These arrests show why America needs legislation like the SAFE Act, which strengthens our refugee program to ensure no terrorists or terrorist sympathizers enter the U.S. posing as refugees. The House has already passed this bill with a veto-proof majority. I urge the Senate to pass the SAFE Act as soon as possible and send it to the President’s desk. While America has always been generous, there is no excuse to leave our nation open to attack.” 

NOTE: The House passed the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act on November 19, 2015 by a veto-proof vote on 289-137.