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Hudson on Fox News to tout bill that would tighten refugee screening

Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., on Capitol Hill in Washington in January 2013.
Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., on Capitol Hill in Washington in January 2013. AP

Rep. Richard Hudson, who represents North Carolina’s 8th District in the U.S. House, appeared Monday on Fox News to discuss his support for legislation that would tighten the screening of Syrian and Iraqi refugees who want to come to the United States.

The bill, called the American SAFE Act, is a more detailed version of a proposal Hudson and his staff crafted last fall, after the terrorist attacks in Paris. It passed the House by a veto-proof margin, and the Senate will vote Wednesday on whether to bring it to the floor for debate.

“We want the FBI director to sign off that a proper background has been done” on each refugee applying to enter the country, as a prerequisite to admittance, Hudson said on “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.” He added that the FBI would determine what criteria to use.

“As my granddaddy said, if there’s a hole in the bucket, turn off the spigot, then fix the bucket,” he added. He also asked Fox viewers to call their senators and urge them to bring the bill to the floor.

“I like that granddaddy analogy,” Carlson told him.

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