Discriminatory “SAFE Act” Fails in Senate

Thumbs UpThe American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 fell short of the required votes for cloture in the Senate yesterday, effectively bringing the discriminatory legislation to a halt.

The SAFE Act would have required the FBI to conduct a redundant investigation into the background of any individual seeking refugee status in the United States who has set foot in Iraq or Syria since March 2011. The Department of Homeland Security already conducts these thorough security screenings, which means months or years would have been needlessly added to the already lengthy amount time that those fleeing ISIS would have to wait – and done nothing to make the United States any more safe.

Please consider thanking those Senators who voted no and blocked this legislation from proceeding. The over 3 million children and their family members displaced by violence in Iraq need comfort, kindness, and reassurance that we support their constant struggle – not more persecution and prejudice.

If your Senator is listed, click their name to send them a note of thanks!

Senators Voting Against the SAFE Act
Baldwin (D-WI)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Booker (D-NJ)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Coons (D-DE)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Hirono (D-HI)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Leahy (D-VT)
Markey (D-MA)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Peters (D-MI)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)
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Mark Seaman

About Mark Seaman

Mark is committed to building more sustainable, human-centered solutions in Iraq and promoting peace through education around the world. He is Director of Development & Communications at EPIC.