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Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) introduced a bill yesterday that would suspend the refugee resettlement program in the United States until the economic effects and national security concerns can be satisfied. The Resettlement Accountability National Security Act (H.R. 3314) would put an immediate suspension on allowing immigrants into the United States under the refugee resettlement program, until the Government Accountability Office (GAO) completes a thorough examination of its costs on federal, state and local governments.

“It is extremely unsettling that the Obama Administration would continue to expand the U.S. resettlement program at such an irresponsible pace in light of our economic and national security challenges,” Rep. Babin said in a statement on the bill. “While this program may be warranted in certain situations, it is continuing at an unchecked pace. For the past decade the U.S. has been admitting roughly 70,000 new refugees a year, with little understanding of the economic and social costs on our communities.

“Our legislation institutes a common sense pause in the program so that we can better understand the long-term and short-term costs that this program has on local governments, states and U.S. taxpayers. It also gives us an opportunity to examine potential national security issues related to entry and resettlement, particularly as federal law enforcement officials are increasingly concerned about home-grown terrorists."

According to the U.S. refugee admissions database, nearly 500,000 new immigrants have come to the U.S. under the resettlement program since President Obama first took office.

For more on this story, read Refugee Resettlement Watch

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Updated: Fri, Aug 14th 2015 @ 9:15am EDT