(This article is published in Salon.)
The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday afternoon that may prevent Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the U.S., even though there is no evidence refugees were involved in the November 13 Paris attacks.
International humanitarian organization Oxfam condemned the legislation, saying it was “deeply disappointed” by Congress’ action. “This legislation is highly unlikely to make America any safer, and will instead effectively bring our successful and longstanding bipartisan resettlement process to a halt,” Oxfam said.
The organization also stressed that the “refugee resettlement process currently in place is already incredibly thorough, with refugees facing multiple levels of background checks and investigation that make them by far the most scrutinized people coming into our country.”