WEIS Radio News spoke with Congressman Mike Rogers on Wednesday morning regarding a number of issues, with the president’s recent visit to Paris and a failure by the current administration to have their priorities in order, being at the top of the list
We asked the congressman why the emphasis has been taken off the safety of the American people and instead placed on environmental issues and climate change:
We’ll have more from our conversation with Congressman Mike Rogers in the coming days – before we finished up Wednesday morning we asked him if he’d been keeping up with the success of our local sports teams – and the answer was “affirmative.”
Congressman Rogers invites the residents of Cherokee County to visit his mobile office each month on the first Wednesday from 9:00 – 11:00am.
You can speak with one of his representatives during that time at Centre City Hall.
You may also contact the congressman at either of his full-time District Office’s in Anniston and Opelika.
Congressman Mike Rogers sent a letter to Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week after learning from media reports that a group of refugees from Syria crossed the U.S.-Mexican border into Texas and had turned themselves in to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seeking asylum.
Refugees who are arrested or turn themselves in to Customs officials may be able to file an asylum claim and remain in the U.S. pending deportation proceedings. Because of this, Rogers has serious concerns that any refugees able to make it to the United States will bypass the refugee vetting process and instead use the asylum process to stay in the country. Not thoroughly vetting each individual could put our homeland and Americans in serious danger.
The letter states, “This message must be reinforced by the immediate return of all refugees to their most recent country of residence by any means possible after a thorough security screening. Refugees should be returned to the country from which they tried to enter the US, such as Mexico, if they cannot be returned to their home country.
It is imperative that our neighbors know they cannot be complicit in the flow of refugees
to America’s doorstep. The notion of the US border as a goal line for refugees will only create a broader humanitarian problem and endanger our national security. The asylum process often releases asylum seekers into the country on their own recognizance and that will only serve to intensify concerns that the refugee population is being introduced into the United States without proper vetting.”
Rogers added, “After the recent terrorist attacks and warnings of more, the United States must be diligent in ensuring we keep out those who wish us harm and do our best to protect our national security. President Obama’s reckless plan to allow thousands of Syrian refugees into our country could put us in danger. We must make sure we are very watchful of any manner in which these refugees may try to enter the U.S.”