Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has talked up his past border security bills in recent days, is introducing one to suspend the issuance of visas to refugees from Syria and up to 30 other countries, pending strict background checks.
“It’s about time, and Paris should wake us up that we can’t just let anyone come to this country,” Paul said in a conference call with reporters. “Forty percent of immigration issues in our country are from visa overstays, and for those visiting us from countries that have large jihadist movements, this will be a bone of contention.”
The full requirements in Paul’s bill, as provided to reporters, also included a 30-day waiting period on “all entries to the U.S. in order for background checks to be completed, unless the traveler has been approved through the Global Entry program.” That, said Paul, would include even citizens of France who wanted to study in the United States. Meanwhile, anyone seeking refugee status would only be eligible for a visa if three steps were met.