Rep. Pete King, the New York Republican who chairs the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterintelligence and Terrorism, slammed President Barack Obama for Thursday evening for his order that the U.S. must take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year.
King says the order lacks a security plan, putting “American lives at risk” of “another Boston Marathon bombing.”
Here is King’s full statement:
“Today’s announcement by the White House that the U.S. will admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees next year will put American lives at risk.
“This decision is in direct contrast to opinion of leading law enforcement and intelligence officials in this administration.
“We do not have the capability to vet these individuals nor will we be able to develop it in the next twelve months.
“The administration is moving forward full speed ahead without the necessary security backbone in place.
“It is vital that we measure our humanitarian beliefs against the security risks of bringing more than 10,000 unknown individuals into the Homeland.
“I oppose this decision. We do not want another Boston Marathon Bombing.”