In 2011, two Iraqi refugees living in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Alwan and Mohanad Hammadi, hatched a plot to send sniper rifles, Stinger missiles and money to al-Qaida operatives waging an insurgency back home against U.S. troops.
They were arrested in 2011 after they tried to arrange the deal with an FBI informant. They are now serving a 40-year sentence.
That led Barack Obama in 2011 to stop processing Iraqi refugee requests for six months, according to Sean Hannity.
Barack Obama has been lambasting the GOP for violating our values by asking for a pause in the immigration of Syrians and Iraqis.
While in the Philippines, he has been tearing apart Republicans. He suggested the GOP is violating our “values” and are afraid of “widows and orphans”.
He tweeted this on November 18th: Slamming the door in the face of refugees would betray our deepest values. That’s not who we are. And it’s not what we’re going to do.
Isn’t he violating his values that he says are ours?
The Federalist.com noted that the U.S. State Department stopped processing the requests from Iraqi refugees in order to review and revamp security screening procedures.
In 2013 ABC News wrote, Hannity reported:
As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News – even for many who had heroically helped U.S. forces as interpreters and intelligence assets. One Iraqi who had aided American troops was assassinated before his refugee application could be processed, because of the immigration delays, two U.S. officials said. In 2011, fewer than 10,000 Iraqis were resettled as refugees in the U.S., half the number from the year before, State Department statistics show.
In any case the House voted to temporarily pause the immigration of Muslims and Iraqis Thursday with a veto-proof majority. They must all be violating Obama’s “values” which are apparently very mercurial, depending on who’s the one pausing the program. The measure passed 289-187.
The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act, requires the FBI, Homeland Security Department and director of national intelligence to certify to Congress that any refugee from Syria or Iraq is “not a threat to the security of the United States” before being allowed to settle in the United States.
The Senate is the issue because of their filibuster rules. It’s not known if the Senate can get the veto-proof majority.
Don’t be too pleased, Senator Sessions characterized it as being based on a “flawed premise” that the Syrians can be vetted.
“Just over a month ago, officials from the Department of Homeland Security admitted before the Immigration Subcommittee that there is no database in Syria against which they can run a check” Sessions said. “They have no way to enter Syria to verify the applicants’ personal information. And we know the region is being flooded with false documents.”
The fiscal demands for one year are $6.5 billion and Sessions harshly criticized that as well as fiscally irresponsible.
Sessions recommended that the populations of the Middle East not be moved to the EU and the US.
He said the more compassionate tack to take is to establish a safe zone in Syria for the refugees.