The U.S. Must Lead the Global Effort to Defeat Terrorism

Nov 19, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. Rep. Costa voted in favor of H.R. 4038, and the legislation passed the House with strong bipartisan support.

“The world is facing a humanitarian crisis, and it is a serious problem,” said Rep. Costa.  “As a Member of Congress, my first responsibility is to protect and defend American citizens from all enemies, foreign and domestic.  Recent terrorist attacks have led Congress to reassess the processes the United States uses to grant entry to refugees who are seeking safety in this country.  The legislation that passed today strives to strengthen our current system, but it is a work in progress. If our legislative efforts are going to succeed, then this Congress must work closely with the President. This is not a partisan issue, and it is essential that we come together and assure the American people that our humanitarian efforts do not threaten American lives. In addition to ensuring a strict and thorough vetting process is in place, we need to pursue a comprehensive effort that includes working with our allies to end the civil war and dangerous conflicts in Syria.”

Costa continued saying, “Let’s face it; these terrorists have declared war on Western civilization and our very way of life. With the worldwide attention and support for defeating terrorism, America has a new opportunity to draw a line in the sand and lead a global coalition. If a strong global coalition is put in place, we can successfully combat terrorism and bring the terrorists responsible for these horrific crimes against humanity to justice. Clearly this is costly and more sacrifices will be made, but developing and implementing a long-term comprehensive plan is the only way to protect our freedoms and way of life.” 

H.R. 4038 would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence to unanimously agree that a refugee from Syria or Iraq does not pose a threat to our national security. Additionally, DHS would be required to submit a monthly report to Congress outlining the individuals who have been reviewed with the decisions of the three entities.

Rep. Costa spoke on the House floor regarding the importance of the United States leading the global effort to defeat terrorism. His speech can be viewed here.