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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