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House votes to suspend US refugee program

The US House of Representatives, led by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (pictured November 19, 2015) has passed a bill suspending the American program for resettling Syrian refugees, though the White House has threatened a vetoThe House of Representatives voted Thursday to ban Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the United States until tougher screening measures are in place, a move some slammed as giving in to xenophobia after the Paris attacks. The Republican legislation, the first congressional response to last week’s murderous assaults, passed overwhelmingly, 289 to 137. Nearly four dozen Democrats went against their president to support the measure.

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