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house Bill H.R. 4731

Should Congress — Not the President— Set Refugee Admission Caps?

Argument in favor

Congress needs to control the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. each year — not the President. This bill sets an acceptable number, 60,000 per year, wile improving refugee screening, and keeping foreign criminals out of the country.

Gopin2020's Opinion
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04/22/2016
It should have been this way from beginning, coequal branches of government, not a damn dictatorship
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BTSundra's Opinion
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04/22/2016
We already know our president is in favor of letting them in, so I suppose now Congress is the only thing that stands in the way of Sharia Law in the United States.
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John's Opinion
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04/22/2016
NO NO NO!!! Unless the President wants to house them in a refugee camp in Washington DC, neither he nor Congress should be able to force refugees upon any State. The decision to accept or not accept refugees should be entirely up to every single State and any State that accepts them must track and assume full responsibility for them to ensure they do not migrate after the fact to a State that does not accept refugees.
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Argument opposed

Congress can't even agree every year on a budget — why should they get authority over something the President can handle? Even if Congress was quicker on its feet, the executive branch can respond more quickly (and with more information) to refugee issues.

BarackObama's Opinion
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04/25/2016
"We are also increasing the number of Syrian and other refugees we admit to the U.S. to 100,000 per year for the next two years." [twitter.com/POTUS]
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Steven's Opinion
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04/22/2016
Congress needs to try doing its job, not everyone else's.
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Walshaikhli's Opinion
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04/24/2016
Come on already!! This congress needs to stop playing games with every single argument/issue. Instead of playing on the constituents feelings about immigration,congress need to be get to work and write more legit, real legislation. Over all this Congress is worried about the superfluous issues and not asking the right questions. Reminds me of bunch of kids.
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    IntroducedMarch 14th, 2016

Bill Activity

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    Introduced in House
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    Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
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    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
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    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 18 - 9.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedMarch 14th, 2016
    It should have been this way from beginning, coequal branches of government, not a damn dictatorship
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    "We are also increasing the number of Syrian and other refugees we admit to the U.S. to 100,000 per year for the next two years." [twitter.com/POTUS]
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    Congress needs to try doing its job, not everyone else's.
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    We already know our president is in favor of letting them in, so I suppose now Congress is the only thing that stands in the way of Sharia Law in the United States.
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    NO NO NO!!! Unless the President wants to house them in a refugee camp in Washington DC, neither he nor Congress should be able to force refugees upon any State. The decision to accept or not accept refugees should be entirely up to every single State and any State that accepts them must track and assume full responsibility for them to ensure they do not migrate after the fact to a State that does not accept refugees.
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    Congress is finally learning that to allow the executive branch to "fill in the blanks" in written law is equivalent to ceding away the legislative power given them in the Constitution. The proposed bill fixes a problem in the current law, passed in the early eighties. The original legislation set a refugee cap at 50,000, but it allowed the President to raise that number based on various factors. I assume that this law was passed as a result of our inability to respond to the refugee crises of the day, involving Cubans and Vietnamese, each providing compelling political and humanitarian arguments for temporarily adjusting the numbers. However, Presidents Bush and Obama should help us recognize the inherent dangers to the Republic when law can be changed at the whim of a single man or woman, whatever their political stripes. This new bill requires the President to petition Congress to adjust the numbers as situations unfold, and this is as it should be. Checks and balances require compromise and agreement, especially in a divided government.
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    Yes! Dear Leader has done enough damage.
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    This is all about the UN the one world government and a president who has no regard for the constitution
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    Congress makes the rules and the President follows the rules.
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    Come on already!! This congress needs to stop playing games with every single argument/issue. Instead of playing on the constituents feelings about immigration,congress need to be get to work and write more legit, real legislation. Over all this Congress is worried about the superfluous issues and not asking the right questions. Reminds me of bunch of kids.
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    Congress? They can't do what we elected them to do. More tasks? I think not
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    Could you manage to do the job you were elected to do & stop getting your knickers on a knot about the jobs designated for others? You completely blow off the function of Congress & want to interfere in the Executive Branch! STOP IT! Pass a budget! Reform the immigration system! Confirm the slate of judges & cabinet members that are waiting for you to get off your lazy asses & get to work.
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    Our system of government was primarily established as a government of by and for the people. Congress is known as the "People's House" of the legislative branch and for good reason it is the most represented of the branches with elections and the people's voice being heard every 2 years. POTUS is the executive there to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed, not create or dictate to We the People.
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    Can we say congressional power grab? The congressional ship of fools can't pass a budget, can't protect women, can't protect citizen voting rights, can't pass a reasonable gun bill and they think they should decide on the number of immigrants coming to America? First try reforming immigration legislation. You haven't been able to do that either.
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    Past practice predicts future trends. Congress has not agreed on any major bills that would effect our country, so why attempt to start now. Immigrants still have to qualify to enter this country. No need to reinvent anything with congress.
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    The executive branch is in charge of foreign relations, with Congress in an advisory role. America needs to speak to the rest of the world with one voice and that voice is the executives.
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    If it were up to Congress, no refugees would be admitted
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    Congress is incapable of doing their jobs. With the mindset of those currently holding office, this is certainly NOT an area they should have control over. I would hate to see and live the consequences of their prejudices, intolerances and lack of knowledge.
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    Congress can't agree on anything and this is just another blatant attempt to prove how much more xenophobic and fear mongering America is than any other 1st world country. The President can handle this without having to wait for the do nothing Congress to act.
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    The congress is a much more direct representation of the people. The lame duck president just wants to push his agenda as far as possible before he leaves office. He couldn't care less if a future terrorist gets let in because he and his family will still have secret service protection and we'll be the ones shot or bombed and he hates most of us anyway.
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