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Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on Syrian refugee admissions and ISIL threats to the homeland:

“In light of the Paris attacks, keeping our borders secure from ISIL terrorists must be our number one priority. As part of that, we need to be very careful about Syrian refugee admissions and ensure we can continue to balance our security with helping those most in need. 

“I believe there are a few areas where we can quickly prioritize our security. First, we must continue the rigorous, interagency screening process already in place for potential refugees. We also must collaborate with our European allies so they can better screen refugees and migrants and share key information with us.

“The Paris attacks will certainly alter the debate about Syrian refugees, and it’s clear to me we must prioritize the safety and security of the American people.

“At the same time, we can’t completely abandon innocent Syrian civilians in need. America must do its share to find safe haven for the millions of children and adults who have none at present time. As temperatures drop, terrible things could happen, so a prudent and carefully-executed refugee admission process is in order. The Syrian people are the ones suffering the most from both ISIL and the Assad regime, and the international community has a responsibility to protect those fleeing the depravity.”