A pro-border enforcement group says three months is not enough time to adequately vet Syrian refugees President Obama wants to allow into the United States.
As part of an effort to meet President Obama’s self-imposed goal of bringing in 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the fiscal year, the administration has decided to rush the refugee vetting process that is supposed to ensure the safety and security of the American people.
While the resettlement process normally takes 18 to 24 months, under the administration’s this will be reduced to three months.
Ira Mehlman is spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform or FAIR.
“When you consider refugees, you have to recognize that generally they’re coming from parts of the world that are in various forms of disarray,” Mehlman says, “and when we’re talking about Syria, probably the most chaotic country in the world.”
The ability to do extensive background checks may be not possible at all, he says, but given the volume of people entering the United States, three months “simply isn’t enough time.”
The decision to expedite the vetting process contradicts reassurances given by President Obama when he lectured Americans leery of accepting refugees after the deadly Paris massacre last November.