Congressman Ted Yoho

Representing the 3rd District of Florida
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Yoho Aims to Protect U.S Governors Right to Refuse Refugees in Their States

Nov 18, 2015
Press Release


Washington D.C. – In an effort to empower governors across the United States, Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) has introduced the Give States a Chance Act of 2015 (H.R. 4078)The bill protects state governors’ right to refuse Syrian refugees in their states if they have not been properly notified, if they impose a security threat, or if the proposed location is not appropriate. 

Additionally, it will require the directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Department of Homeland Security, and National Intelligence-- in consultation with the Attorney General -  to certify to Congress that any and all refugees placed from the conflict in Syria have been thoroughly vetted and do not pose a security threat to the United States. Congressman Yoho released the following statement after introduction of the bill:

“The first responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense and protection of all Americans. It is no secret that ISIS, and those who wish American harm, fight in the shadows and will use the cover of the tragic Syrian refugee crisis as cover to enter into the United States.

“In light of the Paris attacks, it is wise that we suspend the current refugee relocation process until we know for a fact who these people are. This is a legitimate security concern. Until we can figure this out, governors of each state should not be pushed by the Obama Administration to accept these refugees. Governors have a right to know if the Federal government plans to come into their state with refugees. I applaud Governor Scott – from my State of Florida - for speaking out against the Administration’s plan.

“I don’t believe all refugees are terrorists, but we cannot compromise our security. There are those who wish to do us harm and we cannot continue a program that is so riddled with national security risks to our country. We have a right to know who is coming into the United States and for what purpose. Until we do and properly secure our methods, the refugee program should be suspended.”



Congressman Ted Yoho serves on the Foreign Affairs and Agriculture Committees. He represents North Florida’s 3rd Congressional District