Angry words continue to be exchanged between Turkish and Russian leaders following the shooting down of a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M jet on November 24 after it very briefly overflew Turkish airspace.
Lost amid the discussion about admitting Syrian refugees to the United States is the factt that only three percent of the Syrian refugees coming here are Christian, though they faced genocide and the Muslim refugees usually didn't.
Speaking on the Senate floor on November 19, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) strongly condemned President Obama’s request for funding for refugee resettlement, basing his opposition on both economic and security threats found in the president’s plan.
FBI Director James Comey and Director of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson have both expressed concerns about the American SAFE Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038) introduced by the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Republican Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas).
First, on February 16, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued an junction blocking President Obama’s executive action to grant amnesty to four million illegal aliens. Then, on November 9, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans upheld Hanen's injunction. So Obama is stymied, right? Wrong, the administration has continued to act on other executive actions not covered by the court decision.
French President François Hollande, speaking to a gathering of France’s mayors on November 18, stated that his nation has said the country would continue to welcome refugees despite the security concerns voiced by many of his countrymen following the Paris terrorist attacks of November 13.
An online survey of Texas voters conducted by the University of Texas/Texas Tribune from October 30 to November 8 indicated that Texans think that immigration and foreign terrorist groups comprise the greatest threat to the United States.
Since last weekend, when the world was stunned by the violent terrorist attacks in Paris, more and more U.S. governors have openly opposed allowing refugees from Syria to settle in their states.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Danna Van Brand said in a November 6 statement that the United States plans to open a refugee settlement processing center in Erbil, Iraq, before the end of 2015, and will also resume refugee processing in Lebanon in early 2016. The announcement was made just one week before the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people and wounded more than 350 others.
Answering a question posed by a reporter at a press briefing on November 10, White House Press Secretary Josh Ernest confirmed that “the administration strongly supports the Equality Act” — which the reporter had described as “a federal ... bill against anti-LGBT discrimination.”