GOP Efforts to Oppose Syrian Refugees Blocked in Senate

November 19, 2015 8:24 PM

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Attempts from two Republican presidential candidates in Congress to block or curtail benefits for Syrian refugees seeking to enter the U.S. failed Thursday as the debate over how the country should address those displaced by war in the Middle East played out on Capitol Hill.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a GOP presidential candidate, called for passage of legislation that would "immediately bar refugees to the United States from any country, such as Iraq or Syria, that contains territory substantially controlled by a foreign terrorist organization" for three years. Cruz's attemp...

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