In a move around the standard refugee settlement and screening process in the United States, the United Nations and the administration are conspiring to find other ways to boost the number of Syrians entering the country, from 10,000 this year to as many as 200,000 at a time.
This is at a time when ISIS is widening their sphere of influence throughout the world and telling us they will use the refugee program or our open borders to carve a path into the US from Syria through Mexico. They have a camp a few miles from the US border.
One plan is to use the student visa program which the US does not track at all. We don’t know who leaves or when they leave and we make no attempt to track them.
U.S. officials, meeting with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva, joined in a project that looks to “alternative safe pathways” to setting Syrian refugees in America and Europe that include pushing colleges and universities to offer tuition programs and encouraging Syrians already in the country to open their homes to those who’ve fled the war-torn Middle East nation.
Last week, the University of Southern California revealed that it is offering five free tuition programs for Syrian refugees, including one in the school’s journalism program.
The effort was revealed Monday in a Center for Immigration Studies post. It quoted a Georgetown University professor and U.N. refugee policy advisor who spelled out the backdoor plan to settle thousands more Syrians past the 10,000 President Obama has pledged to OK this year. Beth Ferris, a research professor at Georgetown University and U.N. advisor, even suggested a total of 200,000 at a recent Brookings Institution conference:
“Refugees and government officials are expecting this crisis to last 10 or 15 years. It’s time that we no longer work as business as usual … UNHCR next month is convening a meeting to look at what are being called ‘alternative safe pathways’ for Syrian refugees. Maybe it’s hard for the U.S. to go from 2,000 to 200,000 refugees resettled in a year, but maybe there are ways we can ask our universities to offer scholarships to Syrian students. Maybe we can tweak some of our immigration policies to enable Syrian-Americans who have lived here to bring not only their kids and spouses but their uncles and their grandmothers. There may be ways that we could encourage Syrians to come to the U.S. without going through this laborious, time-consuming process of refugee resettlement.”
The Geneva meeting took place March 30 and CIS had the details on what occurred.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, told representatives of 92 nations that they needed to explore “alternative avenues” for the admission of Syrian refugees. He said:
“These pathways can take many forms: not only resettlement, but also more flexible mechanisms for family reunification, including extended family members, labor mobility schemes, student visa and scholarships, as well as visa for medical reasons. Resettlement needs vastly outstrip the places that have been made available so far… But humanitarian and student visa, job permits and family reunification would represent safe avenues of admission for many other refugees as well.” At the end of the meeting, he said that many countries had made commitments, among them was to increase the number of resettlement and humanitarian admission place; ease family reunification; provide scholarships and student visas; and remove administrative barriers and simply the processes to expedite their admission.
Syrians cannot be vetted because there are no records. They don’t have birth, death, marriage – any records – and the terrorists have confiscated thousands of blank passports and passport making machines.
Circumventing Congress and with no viable way of screening refugees, John Kerry announced in October of last year that the U.S. will take about 200,000 refugees, many Syrians, within the next two fiscal years beginning immediately. This new influx would be over and above that.
We have been informed by both the FBI, Rep. Michael McCaul, chair of the Homeland Security, and others in intelligence services and Homeland Security, including FBI Director Comey that the refugees cannot be screened properly.
We should be questioning all our screening practices. For example, we allow expedited passage of Saudis through security. They were granted “trusted traveler” status in March, 2013.
The United Nations Refugee Agency reported that about 70% of the people fleeing Syria are men. Many wonder where their families are.
FBI counter-terrorism experts have openly admitted it is 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. 11th 2015 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 agreed 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.