Circumventing Congress and with no viable way of screening refugees, John Kerry announced Sunday that the U.S. will take about 200,000 refugees, many Syrians, within the next two fiscal years beginning next month. It’s an increase of 45,000 over the next two years. We have been informed by both the FBI, Rep. Michael McCaul, chair of the Homeland Security, and others in intelligence services and Homeland Security that the refugees cannot be screened properly.
In fact, our current screening is somewhat questionable.
We allow expedited passage of Saudis through security. They were granted “trusted traveler” status in March, 2013.
— Lori Hendry (@Lrihendry) September 20, 2015
The United Nations Refugee Agency reported that about 70% of the people fleeing Syria are men. Many wonder where their families are. Then there are the fraudulent IDs which can’t be checked easily if at all. News carried in a report by the German Tagespiegel newspaper revealed that 10,000 fake Syrian passports were seized by police in Bulgaria, on their way to Germany. Jihad Watch recently reported that the Lebanese Education Minister said that there were 20,000 jihadis among the refugees in camps in his country. That doesn’t mean they are all jihadis. Many are economic refugees who are fleeing for “economic reasons” according to The Daily Mail which reported that 4 out of 5 refugees who arrived in Europe are not from Syria. “This exposes the lie peddled in some quarters that vast numbers of those reaching Europe are from Syria,” said David Davies, Tory MP for Monmouth. “Most people who are escaping the war will go to camps in Lebanon or Jordan.” Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley is asking Secretary of State John Kerry not only how the government plans to screen new refugees, but how limited resources will be able to handle an overall increase. He’s also expressing concerns about the administration going around Congress to bring in more refugees than approved through statute. Grassley issued a letter to Kerry as a follow up to testimony the Secretary gave on Capitol Hill last week about the ongoing refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. It is a horrendous and heartbreaking situation. On an emotional level, it is easier to take them in than it is to not. From a national security standpoint, it is high risk. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks, the administration will do what they want.