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Sen. Paul Investigates Lapse in Homeland Security Safeguards

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Location: Washington, DC

In response to the recent apprehension of two suspected terrorists in his hometown of Bowling Green, Ky., earlier this month, Sen. Rand Paul immediately insisted on an investigation into what procedures and safeguards broke down, allowing the men into the United States.

Following his correspondence with the Departments of State and Homeland Security seeking answers on the process of screening and obtaining visas, Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), have agreed to assist in scheduling hearings to investigate the procedures and safeguards for both visas and political asylum.

"It is the primary duty of our government to provide for the defense of the people," Sen. Paul said. "The fact that two Iraqi refugees, one who was previously held for attempting to bomb American troops, were allowed into our country raises many questions about federal immigration policies and their role in protecting our citizens."

"Without a screening process for potential visa and refugees entering the United States, we put our country in grave danger. The role of the federal government in the war on terror must include the ability to secure our borders and keep out those who wish to do us harm. I look forward to participating in these upcoming hearings."


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