U.S. Republicans defy Obama on Syrian refugees after Paris attacks

November 18, 2015 8:58 PM

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U.S. Republicans defy Obama on Syrian refugees after Paris attacks

WASHINGTON Republican lawmakers defied President Barack Obama on Wednesday and set out plans to tighten screening of Syrian refugees following last week's Paris attacks, in a political fight that challenges America's view of itself as a refuge for downtrodden immigrants.

Concerned about possible attacks in the United States after Islamic State killed 129 people in the French capital on Friday, the Republican chairman of a U.S. House of Representatives security panel proposed additional scrutiny of refugees fleeing Syria or Iraq seeking to enter the United States.

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