Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee

Cooper Supports American SAFE Act

Nov 19, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) issued the following statement on H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act:  

“America has always welcomed refugees and should continue to do so. Today’s vote won’t change that tradition,” Rep. Cooper said. “This bill merely reinforces existing law that refugees not pose a threat to the U.S.”

Earlier in the week, Rep. Cooper condemned remarks made by several Tennessee state legislators. Those Republican lawmakers said Tennessee should activate the National Guard to remove refugees already in the state and “use any means necessary” to prevent others from entering.

“Panicky remarks from our state legislature do not make America safer. The Tennessee National Guard should not be used to ‘round up’ recent immigrants,” Rep. Cooper said. “Such loose talk is not only ineffective but embarrassing. The FBI and local law enforcement have done an excellent job of policing any threats.”

Forty-six Democrats joined Cooper in voting for the American SAFE Act:

Aguilar - CA

Ashford - NE

Bera - CA

Bishop - GA

Brownley - CA

Bustos - IL

Carney - DE

Connolly - VA

Cooper - TN

Costa - CA

Courtney - CT

Cuellar - TX

Delaney - MD

Doggett - TX

Gabbard - HI

Garamendi - CA

Graham - FL

Gene Green - TX

Hahn - CA

Himes - CT

Israel - NY

Kaptur - OH

Keating - MA

Kind - WI

Kuster - NH

Langevin - RI

Lipinski - IL

Loebsack - IA

Lynch - MA

Sean Patrick Maloney - NY

Murphy - FL

Nolan - MN

Norcross - NJ

Peters - CA

Peterson - MN

Polis - CO

Rice - NY

Ruiz - CA

Ryan - OH

Schrader - OR

Scott - GA

Sewell - AL

Sinema - AZ

Slaughter - NY

Veasey - TX

Vela - TX

Walz - MN