Debate Over Syrian Refugees Heads to Senate

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In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Americans are increasingly polarized on whether to accept refugees fleeing war-torn Syria. President Obama has proposed allowing at least 10,000 Syrian refugees to resettle in the United States this year, but the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring new background checks on Syrian and Iraqi refugees that would effectively halt them from entering the country. Forum discusses the politics of the issue as the bill heads to a fight in the U.S. Senate.


Jackie Speier, represents California's 14th Congressional District

Mark Barabak, political writer, Los Angeles Times

Carolyn Lochhead, Washington correspondent, San Francisco Chronicle