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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Houston area Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, issued the following statement on the arrest of Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan. Al Hardan came to the United States as a refugee from Iraq and has been living in Houston while allegedly providing support to ISIS.

“Terror has come to Houston. Thankfully law enforcement caught Al Hardan before it was too late. We may not always be that lucky. This case proves that the FBI director was right---we cannot properly vet refugees. 

The Administration claims that the 31 state governors, including Governor Abbott, who want to turn away refugees because of security concerns have no right to refuse them. The Administration has no right to force the states to accept refugees who may pose a danger to their citizens. That is why Senator Cruz and I have introduced the State Refugee Security Act of 2015 (HR 4197). Our legislation gives state governors the rights to properly protect their citizens when the federal government is failing to do so.

Congress must take immediate action and should immediately take up our legislation to support those 31 states that have refused to participate in the refugee resettlement program because of serious security concerns. The federal government should not put the safety and security of foreign nationals above the safety of our own citizens.”