This opinion article sums up the worry many people feel about allowing refugees into America that even our intelligence agencies know nothing about. This is from the article below: "at least 14 people who came to America as refugees from Syria, Iraq and other terrorist havens have been arrested on terrorism charges over the past two years. It’s hardly a complete list."
Nathaniel - DFS
Despite the FBI busting a slate of Syrian refugees with links to ISIS — including one last month living in California — the White House is quietly pushing for an increase in the number of refugees from the ISIS hotspot.
It’s as if San Bernardino and Paris never happened.
The case of the California suspect, Aws Mohammed Younis al-Jayab, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Syria, shows how vulnerable to terrorism the refugee program leaves the nation. The 23-year-old Sacramento college student was nabbed training with ISIS in Syria and then lying about it to authorities. He faces up to eight years in prison if convicted.
The FBI charged that al-Jayab conspired with another refugee — Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, 24, an Iraqi-born refugee living in Houston — to get weapons training in ISIS-controlled Syria.
President Obama insists the screening process for Muslim refugees is sound. But the arrest of al-Jayab and others who never turned up in terrorist databases raises fresh doubts.
Even the New York Times is questioning the policy. After searching federal court documents, it found that at least 14 people who came to America as refugees from Syria, Iraq and other terrorist havens have been arrested on terrorism charges over the past two years.
It’s hardly a complete list. The administration refused to answer the Times’ queries about other refugees arrested on terror charges, claiming falsely that it was a matter of “privacy.”
It’s become abundantly clear that jihadists see the administration’s unsecure refugee program as a back door into America, and will continue to exploit it until Republicans take action to defund and end it. Exit polls show GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s plan to temporarily ban all foreign Muslim immigrants, not just refugees from Syria, is wildly popular with voters.
It’s also plain that the administration is turning a deaf ear to security concerns, similar to its pigheaded resolve to close down Gitmo and release dangerous terrorists despite high recidivism rates.
Already, it’s letting in more than 10,000 Syrian refugees a year, despite growing protests from governors that Washington can’t properly vet the immigrants to weed out terrorists. Now there are indications it plans to open the flood gates wider.
Last week, Obama’s assistant for immigration policy revealed plans to ramp up refugee quotas.
“We want to make sure that we can increase our numbers of refugees that are able to settle here,” Felicia Escobar said, referring to the swelling numbers of displaced Syrian and other nationals. “The need globally is so, so, so massive right now, given all the displacement and conflict around the world.”
This is suicidal. Even if Syrian and other Muslim refugees get through the State Department and Homeland Security screening processes with no red flags, it doesn’t mean they won’t be radicalized after they arrive here.
The safer route is finding them homes in Saudi Arabia and other wealthy Muslim nations who can afford to relocate them. And where they’ll feel more at home, and less angry with their host.