Monday, November 23, 2015
Graves: I told Nixon to keep Syrian refugees out of Missouri
On Friday, November 13, 129 innocent people were slaughtered on the streets of Paris. This tragedy left the world in shock and reminds us that terrorism is still a real threat to democratic nations across the globe.
This attack comes as millions of people are fleeing Syria in order to escape the long and violent civil war in their country. Multiple nations, including the United States, had been opening their borders to offer shelter to these refugees. But soon after the attacks in Paris, we learned that one of the terrorists had entered into France by hiding among the refugees.
It is unfortunate that extremists have used the situation in Syria to breed a new generation of terrorists, but at this point we simply cannot let people into the U.S. without guaranteeing they pose no threat to our security. That is why I sent a letter to Governor Jay Nixon urging him to prohibit any Syrian refugees in our state.
Last week, I also voted in favor of legislation that would ensure refugees from Iraq or Syria are not admitted into the U.S. unless the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence have confirmed they are not a threat to our national security. Our security must take precedence over everything else at this point, and I will continue doing everything possible to keep extremists out of the United States.