The U.S. will accept 85,000 refugees from around the world next year, up from 70,000, and that total would rise to 100,000 in 2017, Kerry said at news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier after the two discussed the mass migration of Syrians fleeing their civil war.
We will take in 100,000 per year each year after.
Many, though not all, of the additional refugees will be Syrian.
Forbes is reporting that Americans overwhelmingly – 51% – favor taking in refugees.
Others would come from strife-torn areas of Africa. The White House had previously announced it intended to take in 10,000 additional Syrian refugees over the next year but Kerry said it would be 100,000. Josh Earnest said Kerry was mistaken. Obviously, he wasn’t.
Syrian migrants to the U.S. would be referred by the U.N. refugee agency, screened by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and resettled around the country.
Unfortunately, we know from both the FBI and DHS that we can’t properly screen them.
“This step is in keeping with America’s best tradition as a land of second chances and a beacon of hope,” Kerry said. Earlier, he and Steinmeier met with a group of refugees around a conference table on the wooded, lakeside resort-style campus of the foreign ministry’s education center outside Berlin.
In 2011, two Kentucky residents who had been resettled as Iraqi refugees were convicted of terrorism charges after their fingerprints were linked to roadside bombs in Iraq.
“Some of the 65,000 that came from Iraq actually were trying to buy stinger missiles in my hometown in Kentucky,” said U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a Republican presidential candidate, in a broadcast interview. “So we do have to be weary of some of the threat that comes from mass migration.”
After the refugees enter the U.S., their family members will be able to come. This also presents a security concern.
As horrible as this is, we can’t properly screen these refugees.
Rep. Michael McCaul said it is “very dangerous to America’s security” and we have no way to vet them.
FBI counter-terrorism experts have openly admitted it is virtually impossible to screen Syrian refugees, precisely because U.S. agents don’t have access to reliable biometric and law enforcement data. Michael Steinbach, deputy assistant director of the FBI counter-terrorism unit, admitted at a hearing before the House Homeland Security committee on Feb. 11 that reliable records are not available in a “failed state” like Syria…”
“There are individuals [in the U.S.] that have been in communication with groups like ISIL who have a desire to conduct an attack” and those people are living in the U.S. right now, Steinbach said.
Mr. Steinbach told a congressional committee the U.S. Syrian refugee program is a “huge mistake.”
He agree that it’s a “grave concern.”
The U.S. government had data and intelligence to draw on when it performed background checks on refugees from Iraq in recent years but in the case of Syria, there was “a lack of information,” Steinbach warned.
“The difference is, in Iraq, we were there on the ground collecting, so we had databases to use,” Steinbach told the House Homeland Security Committee.
Earlier this year, the administration used their pen and phone to relax the rules and allow refugees with possible terror connections into the U.S.
The left believes foreign humanitarian concerns preempt U.S. national security and the safety of Americans.