A new bill designed to limit President Obama’s power over refugee resettlement is infuriating many liberals in Congress.

Introduced by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act (H.R. 4731), allows state and local governments control over refugees located in their communities.

The bill designates President Obama’s power over to Congress and strips him of the authority to decide how many refugees are allowed to enter the country each year.

The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill just two days after it was introduced,.

In a recent press release, Rep. Labrador said:

“The Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act, approved by the House Judiciary Committee today, makes meaningful reforms to the refugee program to curb fraud, strengthen national security and public safety, and restore integrity to the program.

The bill sets the annual refugee resettlement ceiling so that the People’s duly elected representatives in Congress, not the President, decide what that number should be. It also empowers state and local governments to decide whether or not refugee resettlement is best for their communities.

I am pleased the Committee approved this legislation and I urge the House to take it up soon.”

This stems from more than 25 states publicly opposing Syrian refugees settling in their state.

Although the current bill doesn’t completely ban Muslims – as Republican Presidential front-runner Donald Trump has suggested in the past – it didn’t stop progressive Democrats from crying foul in an effort to appeal to Muslim voters.

“It appears to be crafted to exclude Muslims from Middle Eastern countries,” argued California Democrat Rep. Zoe Lofgren.

Even after the arrests of refugees linked to terrorism in America this year, and the frightening terrorist attacks by refugees and immigrants in France and California last year, Democrats are still pretending America’s immigration policy is fully secure.

For example, top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), voted against the bill claiming it “stigmatizes refugees as potential criminals.”

Despite Democrat opposition, the bill soared past the House Judiciary Committee on an 18-9 vote and is waiting to be taken up on the House floor, however, it’s uncertain if GOP leadership will support the bill.

As American Patriot Daily has reported in the past, new House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has shown signs of favoring amnesty in the past.

But with the America’s open boarders dominating the headlines, immigration reform has become a major factor for many Conservatives and Independent voters. Vulnerable incumbents may need to shore up votes by supporting Rep. Labrador’s Program Integrity Restoration Act this election cycle.

The House Judiciary Committee released further details outlining the bill:

Places the refugee ceiling in Congress’ hands—not the President’s:

  • The bill sets the refugee ceiling at 60,000 per year. It allows the President to recommend a revision of the ceiling number and Congress can choose to act on that recommendation.
  • The bill prevents the President from admitting additional refugees without Congress’ approval.

 Empowers state and local communities:

  • Currently, states or localities that do not want refugees resettled within their communities have no recourse. The bill remedies this issue and prevents the resettlement of refugees in any state or locality that takes legislative or executive action disapproving resettlement within their jurisdiction.

 Enhances integrity of refugee program and curbs fraud:

  • It requires that when processing refugee applications from countries listed as “Countries of Particular Concern” in the annual report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, claims/applications that are based on religious persecution and are made by individuals who practice minority religions in such countries are prioritized.
  • The bill requires termination of refugee status if a resettled refugee returns to the country from which they fled, absent a change in country conditions.
  • It requires the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to implement a fraudulent document detection program for refugee processing, including the placement of Fraud Detection and National Security officials at initial refugee screening, and the creation of a searchable database of scanned and categorized documents submitted by potential refugees at initial screening.
  • It provides for regular security vetting of each admitted refugee until the refugee adjusts immigration status to lawful permanent resident.
  • Within one year of the bill becoming law, all U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) interviews, performed during USCIS circuit rides and done with the assistance of an interpreter, are to be recorded and DHS must review a random selection of 20% of the recordings to ensure that the interpreter correctly interpreted the interview. If an interpreter is found to have incorrectly interpreted the interview, the interpreter cannot serve as an interpreter for immigration purposes.
  • The bill requires USCIS to review open source Internet postings, including social media, for each applicant.

Strengthens public safety and national security:

  • The bill prevents the Secretary of DHS from unilaterally waiving most grounds of inadmissibility, including criminal convictions, for refugees.
  • It also prevents the DHS Secretary from waiving most grounds of inadmissibility and deportability, including criminal grounds, for refugees attempting to adjust their status to lawful permanent resident.
  • The bill requires the Government Accountability Office to issue a report on the security of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (including the screening and processing procedures); the number of refugees who have been convicted of terrorism-related offenses since 2006; and the use of federally-funded benefit programs by refugees resettled in the United States.