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Syrian refugee bill headed to the Senate, do Dems have enough votes to block it?




Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks following a meeting of House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol October 20, 2015 in Washington, DC.
Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks following a meeting of House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol October 20, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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The House voted last week to tighten the screening process for Syrian refugees trying to enter the U.S.  

If passed by the Senate the bill would suspend the program that allows Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the U.S. until national security agencies confirm that they don’t pose a security risk.

While it’s still unclear whether the Senate will take up the bill, Democrats have vowed to block the bill and the White House has said President Obama would veto the bill if it reached his desk. However, Republicans backing the bill are standing firm.

Guests:

Mike Lillis, senior reporter at The Hill who has been following the story

Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies, Center for Immigration Studies, a D.C.-based organization that studies the impact of immigration on American society

Eleanor Acer, Senior Director, Refugee Protection at Human Rights First, an advocacy organization based in DC