The humanitarian crisis in the Middle East is horrific. People are comparing it to World War II when the U.S. turned away German-Jewish refugees who were trying to escape Hitler. However, there was one significant difference, we didn’t need to vet them. That is the only problem but it’s a serious one.
There is the added concern that the UNHRC has reported that 75% of the refugees are men of fighting age.
Rep. Michael McCaul, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, was interviewed by Martha Raddatz on abc’s This Week. He said that bringing in thousands of refugees ‘Could be a very reckless and dangerous policy’ but that won’t stop the 72 Democrats who insist on bringing in 130,000 Syrians right away.
When asked how he balances humanitarian needs and national security, McCaul said:
“Well, it’s tragic. It’s a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. I believe the result of a failed foreign policy in Syria with the inability to remove Assad from power and also the rise of ISIS. That’s why these refugees are fleeing. And until we address the root cause of the problem there, we are going to continue to have a refugee crisis globally. And I think as General Allen talked about, we need to deal with that problem first and foremost to resolve this issue. From a national security standpoint, I take ISIS at its word when they said in their own words that we’ll use and exploit the refugee crisis to infiltrate the west. That concerns me.”
Ms. Raddatz asked if we had the intelligence on Syrians.
He responded. “We don’t. And that’s a problem. You know, look, if I could be assured these people could be vetted properly I would be supportive. The problem is the FBI testified before my committee, I’ve had Homeland Security officials and the intelligence community who all say to me that we don’t have the systems in place on the ground in Syria to properly vet these individuals. We don’t know who they are. I visited one of these camps in Jordan. The minister of security told me he doesn’t know who these people are.”
“But when you have the DNI, Mr. Clapper, express concerns and the FBI and Homeland privately as well saying that we don’t have the intelligence on the ground to vet these persons properly — that to me, my first and foremost job is to protect the American people.”
“We are a compassionate nation. We have to deal with this crisis.
“But, you know, this is — could be a very reckless and dangerous policy.”
Chris Wallace interviewed Senators Chris Murphy and Ron Johnson on Fox News Sunday and Murphy wants to take in the thousands of Syrians for national security to keep them from becoming terrorists. It’s similar to what Barack Obama says – he’s going to get them jobs.
Murphy wants 50,000 refugees, blamed Bush, and must have forgotten that Barack Obama drew a faux red line and fled Iraq without leaving a peace keeping force in place.