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H.R. 4197 (114th): State Refugee Security Act of 2015

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To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit the Governor of a State to reject the resettlement of a refugee in that State unless there is adequate assurance that the alien does not present a security risk and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Ted Poe

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2015
Length: 2 pages
Dec 9, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on December 9, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


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What legislators are saying

Poe continues fight against refugee resettlement; joins sen. cruz on states rights bill
    — Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2, 2005-2018] (Sponsor) on Dec 9, 2015

Smith Sponsors Poe-Cruz Legislation Supporting States Right to Refuse Refugees
    — Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21, 1987-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 10, 2015

Farenthold: US Should Urge More Screening for Refugees, Not Less
    — Rep. Blake Farenthold [R-TX27, 2011-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 8, 2016

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Dec 9, 2015

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 4197 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4197. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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