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H.R.604 – State Refugee Security Act of 2017 – “directs the Office of Refugee Resettlement to notify the state agency responsible for coordinating the placement or resettlement of an alien refugee not later than 21 days before the alien’s arrival in the state. No alien refugee shall be placed or resettled in a state if the governor certifies to the Office of Refugee Resettlement that it has failed, in the sole determination of the governor, to provide adequate assurance that such person does not present a security risk to the state.”

This bill gives the Governor the authority to fully restrict all refugee arrivals under the guise of security but in actually would not need to show any proof of a security concern. Neither Governors nor the Office of Refugee Resettlement have access to the national security apparatus to make such a decision. Refugees are the most security vetted entrants into the U.S. and there is no history or proof that their security vetting is anything less than effective.

This bill also puts an additional tracking burden on the federal government, the state and service providers to provide information PRIOR to arrival creating an opportunity for states to stop the arrival of refugees fleeing persecution with less than a month’s notice…..meaning the cumulation of an 18 to 24 month application process can be stopped by a state mere moments prior to a refugee family finally being able to flee persecution.

H.R. 604, originally introduced in January by Congressman Poe of Texas the bill has 12 co-sponsors with Georgia Congressman Jody Hice signing on yesterday a co-sponsor. The first co-sponsor in almost five months for a bill that should have remained idle.

 Please take a moment to call Congressman Hice at 202 225-4101 (EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT IN HIS DISTRICT) and state…… Please ask Congressman Hice to remove his co-sponsorship of H.R. 604 the State Refugee Security Act. I support refugees and refugee resettlement in the U.S. and my community. Thank You.

If you live in Congressman Hice’s district after calling send an email to him with the following or a version of it.

Congressman Hice,

I am deeply disappointed in your co-sponsorship of the inhumane H.R. 604. I support refugees, immigrants and the continued resettling of refugees into the U.S., Georgia and my community and ask that you take a vocal leadership stance in support of welcoming those fleeing persecution.

Thank You,

Your Name

 (Remember to change “Your Name” to your name.)

For those of you who do and do not live in his district please take the following letter draft, print it, and mail it to:

The Honorable Jody Hice
24 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515

June 28, 2017

Congressman Hice,

I am deeply disappointed in your co-sponsorship of the inhumane H.R. 604. I support refugees, immigrants and the continued resettling of refugees into the U.S., Georgia and my community and ask that you take a vocal leadership stance in support of welcoming those fleeing persecution.

H.R. 604 gives the Governor the authority to fully restrict all refugee arrivals under the guise of security but in actually would not need to show any proof of a security concern. Neither Governors nor the Office of Refugee Resettlement have access to the national security apparatus to make such a decision. Refugees are currently the most security vetted entrants into the U.S. and there is no history or proof that their security vetting is anything less than effective.

This bill also puts an additional tracking burden on the federal government, the state, and service providers to make personal refugee information available PRIOR to arrival creating an opportunity for states to stop the arrival of refugees fleeing persecution with less than a month’s notice…..meaning the cumulation of an 18 to 24 month application process can be stopped by a state mere moments prior to a refugee family finally being able to flee persecution.

Refugees are human beings fleeing persecution and want nothing more than to find a safe place to call home. This bill demonizes those fleeing persecution and dooms families to violence and in many cases their own deaths.

Please remove your co-sponsorship of the unnecessarily cruel H.R. 604.

Thank You,

Your Name

(Remember to change “Your Name” to your name.)

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