Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement after Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced this morning his plan to suspend the Syrian refugee resettlement program “pending assurances from the federal government that proper security measures have been achieved”:
“I applaud Governor Pence for his leadership on prioritizing the safety and security of Hoosiers. As the world continues to come to terms with the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday, the threat of extremist attacks looms over the United States. While millions of Syrians, including women, children, and orphans have endured immense hardships, current State Department mechanisms are inadequate because often no paperwork exists, and since they are arriving from a failed state in Syria, it is nearly impossible to determine who is a threat and who is safe. My responsibility is to ensure the safety of the people of the Second District and it’s in our best interests to halt the program until we have more information on who these refugees are and how the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI plans to track these individuals.”
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.