Ryan Calls for Pause in Syrian Refugee Resettlement
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for a pause in the settlement of Syrian refugees in the United States.
Ryan says the House will vote on the issue this week.
The Wisconsin Republican said, "Our nation has always been welcoming, but we cannot let terrorists take advantage."
A number of GOP presidential candidates and Senate Republicans have issued similar calls to delay or stop accepting Syrian refugees. They pointed to indications that one of the perpetrators in Friday's attacks might have entered France with a Syrian passport.
The rush to stop the influx of Syrian refugees escaping Mideast violence is troubling several Democrats. Congressman Luis Gutierrez compares it to the U.S. government turning away Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, and the placement of Japanese in internment camps during World War II. Speaking on the House floor, he said, "Let us maintain America's commitment as a beacon of hope."