Despite unaddressed concerns from his administration about this year’s influx of Syrian refugees, President Obama has decided to cut their screening time from 18-24 months to three months. This, reportedly because of a “spike” in Middle Eastern refugees in need of placement.
Mr. Obama’s goal is to resettle 10,000 Syrians refugees by Sept. 30. But that’s “a floor and not a ceiling, and it is possible to increase the number,” said Gina Kassem, regional refugee coordinator at the U.S. embassy in Amman.
Since last year, authorities have warned of cracks in the refugee-vetting system. Among them, Michael Steinbach, executive assistant director for the FBI’s National Security Branch. He told a House committee that the refugee situation is “not even close to being under control.” Yet a year later, the administration still is telling Americans to “trust us.”
Then there’s a new British survey on Muslim “integration” by ICM Research. It found 100,000 British Muslims sympathize with suicide bombers. And only 34 percent would contact police if they suspected someone had become involved with a jihadist, according to a PJ Media report. Naturally that survey is attacked as being flawed.
Given the stark reality of terror attacks in Brussels and France, America’s security is no matter for presumption. Refugees from the strongholds of terrorism demand heightened attention, not less.
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