Just since September ISIS has attacked Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon and most recently France. You would think all these attacks would change the logic of Obama’s administration for inviting more Syrian Refugees into America. Think again.
In a story in the New York Post:
The administration is going ahead with its plan to admit thousands of Syrian refugees into the US despite the horrific attack in Paris — where at least one of the attackers is believed to have posed as a Syrian migrant to get into the country.
“We’re still planning to take in Syrian refugees,” White House national Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told “Fox News Sunday.”
Rhodes, who is traveling with President Obama in Turkey, said there would be “very robust vetting” to “sort out that foreign fighter flow.”
Referring to refugees, he said: “They are tragic victims of this conflict. They are women and children and orphans of this war.”
Rhodes said the “careful” vetting would rely on input from “our intelligence community, our national Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Homeland Security, so we can make sure that we’re carefully screening anybody who comes to the United States.”
He made those statements on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
US Rep. Pete King (R-LI), former Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, blasted the move as dangerous.
“There is virtually no vetting because there are no databases in Syria,” he told Fox.
“We don’t know who those people are. … They are rolling the dice here, and we know that ISIS wants to bring in terrorists with these refugees.”
So never mind that the former Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee finds bringing in additional Syrian refugees dangerous. Never mind that several Republican candidates for president including Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Governor Huckabee have asked for a halt on any plans to bring additional refugees in. Never mind that the FBI Director, James Comey explicitly warned Congress in a hearing last month the U.S. does not have the ability to screen Syrian refugees because data on their background history does not exist.
Now even governors are speaking out against Syrian refugees as well, including Governor Rick Snyder.
Governor Snyder stated:
“Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration,” Snyder said in the statement. “But our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.”
Amen, Governor Snyder. You are absolutely correct. We re proud of our rich history of immigration and our first priority is protecting our residents. The FBI and DHS have stated that there is NO real vetting process for Syrian refugees unless of course, you consider the process of giving your name and age a REAL vetting process.
All that I have to say is, wouldn’t it have been nice for the American people to hear these exact words from our president instead of a governor. Never mind we get it. Too bad Obama doesn’t.
Written by Nancy Hayes
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