During a Senate Judiciary immigration subcommittee hearing, senior Homeland Security official León Rodríguez admitted that some refugees were allowed to enter the United States based on their own testimony to authorities.
A visibly upset Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) questioned Rodríguez: “Is it true or false that the testimony of the applicant alone can be sufficient for approval?”
“There are cases where the testimony is not necessarily corroborated by documents, but it is always tested against country conditions and other information. That is why it doesn’t lend itself in the way that you’re asking the question, senator,” Rodríguez told Cruz.
“Are you saying it’s true or are you saying it’s false?” Cruz pressed.
“I am acknowledging that, yes, testimony can be the basis for the grant of a refugee, but it needs to be tested against other information that we know – about the country conditions, at a minimum,” Rodríguez replied.
After Cruz had finished his questioning of Rodríguez, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) scolded Rodríguez for stalling: “This is the Congress of the United States. We have a right to ask questions. We expect unbiased, objective answers and [Cruz] took too long to get you to acknowledge that answer, and I don’t appreciate it.”
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