Sen. Rand Paul today allowed legislation to provide refugees with government welfare to proceed after reaching an important agreement with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). After voicing his concerns about the accuracy and accountability of the program with Sen. Schumer, the Senators were able to come to an agreement on how to address the broken system that is refugee welfare, and launch an investigation and hearings into how certain individuals, including the alleged terrorists apprehended earlier this year in Sen. Paul's hometown of Bowling Green, Ky., were eligible for these benefits.
"Taxpayer-funded benefits to non-citizens is a luxury program afforded to refugees and managed so poorly that some of its beneficiaries have been found to be threats to the United States, as we saw earlier this year in Bowling Green. I cannot in good faith allow this bill to pass without first addressing the management of this program and ensure we are not supporting terrorists in our own backyards with tax dollars," Sen. Paul said.
"I look forward to having both a hearing regarding benefits to immigrants and an investigation given to the process with which the Bowling Green terrorists were allowed to receive benefits. The findings of these will then determine the future of, and future extensions of, this program."