Republican Campaign Against Refugees Is Just Beginning

One measure in Congress would curb immigration from Syria. Another would end it.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, center.

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The House passed a bill Thursday to severely restrict the admission of refugees from Syria and Iraq. President Barack Obama has promised to veto it. Behind the scenes, Republicans are preparing several bills that are more drastic, aiming to close American borders to asylum seekers. These measures set up a much longer political battle.

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