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Rand Paul to propose legislation preventing some refugees from entering the U.S.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) says he is introducing legislation to prevent refugees from certain countries from getting into the United States.

It would suspend visas for those coming from “countries with a high risk of terrorism.” It would also impose a waiting period for background checks on visas from other countries.

“The time has come to stop terrorists from walking in our front door. The Boston Marathon bombers were refugees, and numerous refugees from Iraq, including some living in my hometown, have attempted to commit terrorist attacks,” Sen. Paul said in a press release statement.

The legislation would include three provisions that would need to be approved by the Department of Homeland Security and congress in order to be lifted.

A press release includes the following provisions: 

Sen. Paul’s legislation would suspend issuance of visas to nationals of countries with a high risk of terrorism until the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) certifies and Congress votes to approve that:

  1. Aliens already admitted from high-risk countries have been fingerprinted and screened, pose no terrorist risk, and are being monitored for terrorist activity
  2. Enhanced security measures are in place to screen future applicants and prevent terrorists from entering the country
  3. DHS' visa entry-exit system is 100 percent complete and a tracking system is in place to catch attempted overstays

Additionally, the legislation would impose a 30-day waiting period for 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. This requirement will be lifted after DHS certifies and Congress approves that:

  1. Screening of entrants is sufficient to prevent terrorists from entering the country
  2. DHS' visa entry-exit system is 100 percent complete and a tracking system is in place to catch attempted overstays 

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