The State Department is making quick work of admitting Syrian refugees to the U.S. — perhaps too quick, critics say.
In a single day, the feds opened the door to 225 Syrians, more than were approved in January or February, The Washington Times reports. This, as President Obama has vowed to admit 10,000 refugees to the U.S. this year.
To meet the president’s goal, screeners would need to clear 60 Syrian refugees a day.
Government officials say they’re moving faster because they getting better at screening. Critics say the president’s goal is taking priority over security, especially for refugees from a hotbed of Islamofascism where terrorism reins.
“This is the classic scenario when political expediency trumps prudence and someone slips through who shouldn’t have, and tragedy ensues,” says Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies.
Team Obama cites its success with Iraqi refugees, for which the government had access to databases plus personnel on the ground. Not so much in Syria.
And turning up the heat on screening are Senate Democrats, who say the administration needs to catch up with other countries, which are approving Syrian refugees at a faster pace.
The next administration will have to live with the outcome of Obama’s refugee relief. Congressional Republicans need to demand scrutiny over political expediency and accept nothing less.
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