Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young today shared the following statement in response to the Syrian refugee crisis and the growing threat of ISIS:
“The safety and security of Americans is paramount and I will not sit idle while extremist groups like ISIS spread violence and hatred across the globe. I stand with numerous others in calling for the suspension of Syrian refugee resettlement efforts in the United States. Until we can ensure these programs are safe and not vulnerable to exploitation by our enemies, we must proceed with caution.
“Sadly, President Obama and his advisers have doubled down on their failed foreign policy decisions that dramatically underestimated the threats and capabilities of ISIS. Ultimately, a path forward must include a strategic and comprehensive plan to defeat and deter the growing threat of radical extremism, which is why I have called upon the President to sign the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and put forth a plan to eliminate ISIS.
“As we move forward, I remain committed to protecting our citizens and upholding one of the federal government’s most basic responsibilities – the common defense of our nation.”