Syrian women with the al Qaeda flag
The US plans to resettle 30,000 Syrian Islamists displaced by the Syrian War, according to the Wall Street Journal. That’s not the story.
The story is that it hinges on their “receiving exemptions from laws aimed at preventing terrorists from entering the country.”
Why have counterterrorism laws at all then? If politicians are going to ignore them when taking in refugees from a country overrun by al Qeada, then we don’t need the laws. We should just let anyone come over.
According to the WSJ:
A U.S. official stated publicly for the first time this week that some of the 30,000 especially vulnerable Syrians the United Nations hopes to resettle by the end of 2014 will be referred to the U.S. for resettlement.
The online papers are showing pictures of frightened women and children in tattered clothing with headlines like this one: The Issue: Is the U.S. turning its back on Syrian refugees?
However, there is another story to be told. Among the refugees are radical and dangerous jihadists. They are the Mujahadeen.
Our first obligation must be to our citizens.
The extremely far-left Dick Durbin said “overly broad immigration bars” has been keeping us from taking these people into the country.
Those bars are meant to protect us. They are for a reason.
We already take in a million legal immigrants a year and we take in a million illegal immigrants a year, we don’t need to feel guilty for not taking in all of the 30,000 potential terrorists.
If we screen them as we do any other asylum seeker, then we should consider their applications. Our terrorism laws are precisely for this type of request.
Durbin said, “the Obama administration should use the authority Congress gave it to exempt deserving Syrians from the overly broad immigration bars that prevent legitimate refugees from finding safe haven in the United States.”
Obama does not have the power to ignore the law.
Durbin said: One considerable hurdle to our refugee assistance efforts are the overbroad ‘Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds’ — or TRIG bars — found in existing immigration law, as well as the Department of Homeland Security’s current interpretation of ‘material support’ to include even ‘de minimus’ support. That interpretation has led to perverse outcomes including barring otherwise eligible refugees because they have sold flowers or other commercial goods to customers who happen to be affiliated with a banned group.”
Durbin is now a terrorism expert. He is going to micromanage the experts anyway and tell them to lift the restrictions. Selling flowers is hardly a guideline.
Socialist Sen. Patrick Leahy has joined Sen. Durbin and others.
The laws will be relaxed and the Islamists will be allowed to come to the US as the US official told the Wall Street Journal.