A total of 65,000 Syrian refugees will be admitted into the United States before President Obama leaves office although we have no reasonable way to vet them. In addition, we are allowing returning ISIS terrorists with U.S. passports back into the country.
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton spoke to this issue before about 50 members of the Hazleton Rotary Club at Genetti’s on Route 309 on Wednesday. He expressed deep concern over the threat of terrorism in the United States. As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, he was most concerned about refugees who cannot be vetted and American citizens returning after being trained in terrorism techniques.
“The goal of ISIS is to attack us here on our soil and to threaten our way of life,” Barletta said. “There is no doubt in my mind that they will continue to do this.”
About 2,000 Syrian Muslim refugees are already accepted to be flown into U.S. towns and cities throughout the country.
He was also distressed over the fact that people who trained with and fought for ISIS are being allowed to return.
“They are traitors,” he said. “And traitors should not be allowed to come back into this country.”
Barletta said the U.S. intelligence agencies are watching the ISIS-trained Americans, but he said it’s an uncomfortable situation. Barletta said ISIS is using social media to recruit potential members. He said they monitor the sites to search for people who express discontent with the U.S. and its policies.
“As we prepare to celebrate July 4th, we must do everything we can to protect our country and our people from these threats,” he said.
Barletta said the U.S. already knows that “our enemies want to kill us” and that they are preying on home-grown sympathizers already present in this country.
“The last thing we should be doing is throwing open the door and admitting Syrian refugees, when we have no idea whatsoever who they really are,” he said.
Top U.S. counterterrorism officials said in February that they worry a potential terrorist could be hiding among refugees who are looking to come to the United States after escaping the brutal war in Syria, abcnews.
“It’s clearly a population of concern,” the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Nicholas Rasmussen, told the House Homeland Security Committee on February 11th of this year.
Rep. Mike McCaul
Committee Chairman Mike McCaul, R-Texas, went further, saying it would be a “huge mistake” to bring refugees from the conflict to the U.S. – even as an estimated 4 million children, women and men have been forced to flee Syria and another 7 million have been displaced from their homes there, unable to leave.
Senior officials leading the State Department’s refugee efforts say the U.S. government has a long history of caring for the innocent victims of war and we must do it regardless of national security concerns.
Syria is the home of ISIS and other terrorist groups. The Qilliam Foundation has gotten hold of an ISIS planning document and translated it. The document outlines a general plan to have ISIS fighters pour into Libya and use it as a gateway to Europe and other lands. They will come disguised as refugees seeking asylum.
Using the refugee program to infiltrate the West is nothing new. There have been numerous tweets from ISIS, some collected on this website, in which they gloat over their ability to gain entry into the United States.
It is with this as a backdrop that the United States administration has decided to continue taking in thousands of Syrian refugees on top of the thousands already here. They’ve taken 500 in this year and plan to take in 65,000 before President Obama leaves office.
There is no way for the FBI to vet them because the country is in complete chaos. We are relying on the the U.N. to screen them. The U.N. picks 95% of our refugees, almost solely Muslim. They are overseen by and closely allied with a Muslim charity with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood is providing grants for resettlement of these refugees.
The charity, Islamic Relief USA is giving grants for refugee resettlement of Syrian refugees to the States. Islamic Relief is tied to Hamas and has been banned by Israel worldwide. The Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs calls it a “front” for terrorist groups.
Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) is headquartered in the UK. where it was birthed and where one its trustees listed in U.K. charity records is Ibrahim El-Zayat, a leader in both the European and the German Muslim Brotherhood.
A 2009 report by Americans for Peace and Tolerance states, “Islamic Relief USA has partnered in funding foreign projects with the Holy Land Foundation and Kind Hearts, both designated terrorist entities.” The Holy Land Foundation was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. in 2001.
In addition, some refugees with known but “loose” terrorist ties are now allowed into the country in accordance with Obama’s rewrite of immigration law.
Two new exemptions to the Immigration and Nationality Act published i February by the Departments of State and Homeland Security in the Federal Register will permit refugees who provided “insignificant” or “limited” material support for terror groups to be given consideration for asylum or refugee status, according to Politico.
Michael Steinbach, assistant director of the FBI, pictured above, told a congressional committee the U.S. Syrian refugee program is a “huge mistake.”
The US 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.
“The concern is in Syria, the lack of our footprint on the ground in Syria, that the databases won’t have the information we need,” he said.
Rep. McCaul said at the same hearing that it “would be a federally sanctioned welcome party, if you will, to potential terrorists in the United States.”
Separating legitimate refugees from terrorists was difficult enough in Iraq, where the U.S. had a large occupation force. Even then, the U.S. government’s vetting process missed “dozens” of Iraqi jihadists who slipped into the country posing as refugees and took up residence in Kentucky, according to a November 2013 ABC News report.
In Syria, the challenges are much greater
Muslim refugees are currently being resettled in more than 180 cities in the U.S. They will be Democratic voters no doubt.
The U.S. takes more than twice as many refugees as all countries from the rest of the industrialized world combined, according to Resettlement Watch.
Americans who have trained in terrorism in Syria and other hotspots, more than 150, who were mostly refugees themselves at one time, are being allowed back into the United States.
In January 2014, FBI Director James Comey, photo above, said the prospect of Americans going to Syria, learning terrorist techniques and returning to the United States is one of his greatest worries.
“We are devoting more resources both to that subject and to that area,” he said Thursday during a question-and-answer session with reporters. “We have a robust effort under way to figure out who has been there and should be spoken to, watched or charged.” Dozens of Americans have been to Syria to take part, one way or another, in the civil war, Comey says.
While some compare the situation to the experience of those who met up with terrorists in Afghanistan, Comey said that what’s happening in Syria is more worrisome for two reasons. First, he said, the people going to Syria are from more diverse backgrounds and of varying ages. And second, there’s a big outflow of refugees, with people seeking asylum, so it’s harder to keep track of who’s entering and leaving the country.
“People, including Americans, can go to Syria and learn about dangerous techniques, and it’s easy to get in and get out. It’s a challenge to identify people with bad intent and keep track of them, but we’re spending an enormous amount of time on it,” he said.
In February of this year, FBI Director Comey said the has homegrown terrorism investigations in all 50 states.