Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Shimkus Acts to Protect the United States

Nov 19, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) today voted for H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act. The bill, which received broad bipartisan support in the House, requires the DHS Secretary, FBI Director, and Director of National Intelligence to certify to Congress that each refugee is not a security threat prior to his or her admission to the United States.

“The SAFE Act puts a stop to the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the United States until our nation’s top security officials can be certain that each individual poses no threat to our homeland,” said Shimkus. “This is not an imagined threat. The Obama Administration themselves even paused the flow of refugees from Iraq for six months in 2011 after learning that several dozen terrorists may have infiltrated the United States through the program.”

As reported by ABC News, fingerprints lifted from an unexploded improvised explosive device (IED) in 2009 matched those of two Iraqi men living in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Despite the pair having been detained during the war by Iraqi authorities, they were able to slip into the United States through an inadequate refugee screening process.

Shimkus also signed a letter, authored by Rep. Brian Babin (R, Texas-36), to House leaders requesting that Congress use its power of the purse to prohibit the use of funds to bring refugees from the Middle East and North Africa into the United States. The letter asks that funds continue to be made available to provide for the safety of refugees overseas, including housing, food and medical aid.

“The best thing we could to for the refugees is to defeat the Islamic State and negotiate a cease fire in the Syrian civil war that forced them out of their homes in the first place,” Shimkus added.