An immigration enforcement advocacy organization is appalled that the U.S. is now on track to resettle 30,000 Syrians annually.
Earlier this year, the Obama administration slashed the vetting time of Syrian refugees from 18-24 months to just three months – thereby making it easier to reach the president’s goal of bringing in at least 10,000 refugees by the end of the fiscal year.
Given the administration’s processing rate, more than 12,000 Syrians will be resettled into American communities by September 30, 2016. If the current rate continues, the U.S. will resettle approximately 30,000 Syrians in fiscal year 2017.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says the decision to bring tens of thousands of Syrians to the U.S. is particularly alarming, given the concerns expressed by Obama’s own people.
“James Comey, the director the of FBI, and James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, have testified before Congress that we simply do not have the capacity to adequately vet people who come from Syria,” he says. “You have to remember that is a country that is in complete disarray. We have no personnel on the ground [in Syria]; and if we did, they’d probably be dead.”
Mehlman adds that ISIS and other terrorist organizations have stated openly that they intend to infiltrate operatives into the refugee flow to the United States and other Western countries.
“We’ve already seen evidence of that in Europe where there have been several incidents carried out by people who entered Europe under the guise of being Syrian refugees,” he tells OneNewsNow.
Mehlman contends the Obama administration is willing to risk national security to fulfill the president’s political objective of getting lots of refugees into the United States.
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