Well, this is certainly an interesting way to mark the 14th anniversary of the attacks. In fiscal year 2013 the United States took in 45 refugees from Syria. For the fiscal year beginning at the end of this month, the President has now ordered the nation to prepare for at least 10,000 of them. What could possibly go wrong?
President Barack Obama has ordered his administration to “scale up” the number of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States in the coming year, directing his team to prepare for at least 10,000 in the next fiscal year, the White House said Thursday.
The announcement comes amidst growing pressure for the United States to increase the number of refugees it accepts as those displaced by the raging Syrian civil war pour into Europe and other regions…
The proposed resettling of at least 10,000 Syrian refugees would be allocated out of a U.S. quota of 75,000 refugee admissions slated for next fiscal year, beginning October 1, a senior administration official said.
That quota applies to refugees from all over the world and is set at the beginning of the fiscal year, but Obama can raise that quota if there’s a crisis.
John Kerry is in on the conversation of course, and is already tossing out numbers which include bumping the maximum of 75K refugees up to 100K “or more” in the coming months.
If you can’t already see the potential problems arising from this decision, perhaps James Clapper can clear it up for you.
The U.S. relies on U.N. lists of refugees who are deemed safe candidates for resettlement, but the screening process can take between 18 and 24 months and strains the resources of the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Immigration Services.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday that the current migration is a “disaster of biblical proportions” that poses an opportunity for terrorist groups such as ISIS to “infiltrate operatives among these refugees.”
“What we’re trying to do is weed out people who are liars, who are criminals or would-be terrorists,” a senior State Department official said.
As we mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, can you think of one place on the entire planet which currently presents more of a threat of exporting terrorist moles to our shores than Syria? (Okay… there’s probably an argument to be made for Yemen or Sudan, but Syria is right up near the top of the list.) It takes us up to two years to vet anyone coming from these areas as we hope that they aren’t one of the liars, criminals and would-be terrorists as Clapper put it. Processing a few hundred of them is bogging down our immigration resources like trying to download the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy over a dial-up line. And now we’re going to bring in more than then thousand?
How does the government plan to track all of these people as they are processed? The only thing that comes to mind, as I’ve mentioned here in the past, is to move them into some sort of massive, secure facilities which will be little more than internment camps. And yes, at the risk of repeating myself, the Democrats and their media allies will immediately label them as internment camps and collectively talk about what a horrible, unwelcoming nation we are. What’s the alternative that they might suggest? Much like the sanctuary city routine, I imagine it will be some sort of free range solution where we just set them all loose and trust them to show up for appointments on an assigned date.
I don’t want to leave you with the impression that my cold, dark soul is entirely devoid of the milk of human kindness. The situation that most of these Syrians are fleeing is absolutely terrible, and I have no doubt that many of the refugees are simply families looking for a way to survive. I get it. But at the same time, we don’t have the luxury of pretending that ISIS and other terrorist networks aren’t constantly probing and seeking ways to export jihadists into target rich areas, with the United States being the biggest brass ring on the list. And even James Clapper is admitting that this flood of humanity is the best and most obvious cover imaginable for them to do so. Before we agree to take in 10,000 Syrians we need to hear where the White House plans to come up with the personnel to vet all of these refugees in a reasonable time frame and where we will house and supervise them while that takes place.