American SAFE Act of 2015
|Full title||American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015|
|Colloquial name(s)||American SAFE Act of 2015|
|Introduced in||114th United States Congress|
|Introduced on||November 17, 2015|
|Sponsored by||Michael McCaul|
|Number of co-sponsors||103|
|Agencies affected||FBI, Department of Homeland Security, National Intelligence Program|
The SAFE Act (full title American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015) was a United States legislative proposal for Syrian and Iraqi refugees that would require extra background investigation before entry into the US.
Additional procedure to authorize admission for each refugee
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) certifies they received a background investigation sufficient to determine whether the refugee is a U.S. security threat, to both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Director of National Intelligence.
- The Department of Homeland Security, FBI and Director of National Intelligence unanimously certify to Congress that the refugee not such a threat.
The bill was first introduced in the House on November 17th, 2015, H.R. 4038 by Michael McCaul. It was passed by the House, but on January 20th, 2016 it failed cloture in the senate (also known as a filibuster.)
FBI Director James Comey said the SAFE Act "seeks to micromanage the process in a way that is counter-productive to national security, to our humanitarian obligation, and the overall ability to focus on Homeland Security".
- "H.R.4038 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)". Congress.gov. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
- "American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 (2016 - H.R. 4038)". GovTrack. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
- "House votes to curb Syrian refugees, snubs Obama veto threat". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
- Perez, Evan. "First on CNN: FBI Director James Comey balks at refugee legislation". CNN.com. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
- Porter, Tom (November 17, 2015). "Paris attacks: Police arrest man carrying same passport as one found near suicide bomber". International Business Times. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
It is all EU citizens so far. This can change with the hours, but so far it is quite clear it is an issue of internal domestic security.