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Temporarily halt acceptance of refugees from Syria

Given that ISIS has proven that it can expand its violence beyond the Mideast, it is prudent to take a step back and make sure that every possible action is being taken to protect American citizens here at home. That is why I have called for the federal government to temporarily halt acceptance of refugees from Syria until intelligence and defense officials can assure that the process for vetting all refugees is as strong as possible to ensure public safety.

This should be a temporary measure. The federal government can and must work in a timely fashion to conduct a thorough re-evaluation of every step in the screening process.

When it comes to refugee resettlement, the federal government also needs to improve its coordination with local officials. As governor, I know firsthand that the federal government does not do enough to communicate with local public safety officials about who is being resettled, what their backgrounds are, and how they have been screened--and that needs to change.

Source: Hassan OpEd in Manchester Union Leader on Syrian Refugees , Nov 17, 2015

Close borders for now; but welcome ISIS refugees later

We are a welcoming nation of immigrants, and we must always continue to be. Throughout our history, the United States has been an extraordinary force for good in the world, and as we work to protect our country and our allies, we cannot lose sight of the inclusive values of our founders or of our commitment to addressing humanitarian crises.

We cannot demonize an entire people or forever close our borders. We must recognize that if we don't remain a welcoming, inclusive and diverse nation, then we will cease to be America. It's in the interests of our nation--both based on our values and our national security--to aid the vulnerable people, including women and children, who are fleeing from the atrocities and terror of ISIS.

After we re-evaluate and strengthen our security measures, we must engage in the process of addressing this humanitarian crisis.

Source: Hassan OpEd in Manchester Union Leader on Syrian Refugees , Nov 17, 2015

Halt acceptance of Syrian refugees until fully vetted

Gov. Maggie Hassan says the United States should halt the acceptance of Syrian refugees until intelligence and defense officials can assure a strong process for vetting refugees. Hassan also says more facts are needed on how the attackers got into Paris before the United States takes more Syrian refugees.
Source: ABC News on Syrian Refugee Crisis , Nov 16, 2015

Ensure robust screening before we admit refugees from Syria

Ballotpedia.org analysis of stances on Syrian refugee resettlement: After the attacks in Paris, France, on November 13, 2015, many U.S. governors declared their support or opposition to Syrian refugee resettlement in their states. Hassan expressed conditional opposition to the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state of New Hampshire. Her spokesman said:

"[The governor] has always made clear that we must ensure robust refugee screening to protect American citizens, and believes that we must know more of the facts about those who carried out the Paris terrorist attacks and have strong assurances of safety from our intelligence officials before we admit refugees from Syria into the United States."

Source: Ballotpedia.org coverage of Syrian Refugee crisis , Nov 13, 2015

Terminate national emergency at the Southern border.

Hassan voted YEA Joint Resolution on Proclamation 9844

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: That the national emergency declared by the finding of the President on February 15, 2019, in Proclamation 9844 is hereby terminated.

Proclamation 9844 issued by the president on Feb. 15, 2019: Declares a state of national emergency at the southern border to address the issues of illegal immigration and criminal trafficking into the US: "The current situation at the southern border presents a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency. The southern border is a major entry point for criminals, gang members, and illicit narcotics. The problem of large-scale unlawful migration through the southern border is long-standing, and despite the executive branch's exercise of existing statutory authorities, the situation has worsened in certain respects in recent years. Because of the gravity of the current emergency situation, it is necessary for the Armed Forces to provide additional support to address the crisis."

Opposing the Proclamation (supporting the Resolution), ACLU press release, 2/15/2019 The ACLU issued the following statement upon filing a lawsuit: "By the president's very own admission in the Rose Garden, there is no national emergency. He just grew impatient and frustrated with Congress, and decided to move along his promise for a border wall 'faster.' This is a patently illegal power grab that hurts American communities and flouts the checks and balances that are hallmarks of our democracy."

Legislative outcome Passed House 245-182-5 roll #94 on Feb. 26; pass Senate 59-41 roll #49 on March 14; Vetoed by Pres. Trump; veto override failed, 248-181-3 (2/3 required), roll #127 on March 26

Source: Supreme Court case 19-HJR46 argued on Feb 26, 2019

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