Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) on Thursday called on Congress to pass his bill that would require screening of social media accounts of foreigners seeking to enter the U.S.

The bill would require the Department of Homeland security to vet all public records, including Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts, before admitting foreign travelers and visa applicants into the U.S., including refugees.

Buchanan's call comes as the State Department has stood up a surge operation to bring at least 8,700 Syrian refugees to the U.S. over the next six months, an effort to meet the president's goal of 10,000 by Sept. 30.

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