Congressman Capuano Statement on Syrian Refugees

November 17, 2015

“While I understand the concern regarding accepting Syrian refugees, the United States has a long history of helping innocent people who are fleeing grave danger. In light of the tragic attacks in Paris, there is an understandable focus on the safety of American citizens and I think it is important for the federal government to be responsive to the questions state and local authorities have about the process for screening refugees, which is already lengthy with numerous layers of review by US security agencies. We should ensure the safety of all Americans, but we can and should do it while continuing our proud American tradition of welcoming our share of "tempest tossed" refugees.”