A Refugee Risk Our Country Can’t Afford
With Americans questioning our national security and the risks posed by lax immigration enforcement, the president’s recent decision to admit more refugees is dangerous and tone-deaf.The president is promising to admit an additional 10,000 refugees from Syria into the country, while offering vague assurances that they will be properly screened so they don’t pose a threat to our homeland.This plan concerns many and not just because of last week’s horrific attack on Paris. Several of Obama’s own officials warned about the risks of accepting Syrian refugees, saying the U.S. wouldn’t “know a whole lot” about the individuals crossing our borders.Though our president promises secure screening, the process has already proved itself ineffective. Two Iraqi refugees who settled in Kentucky after being admitted to the country turned out to be al Qaeda-linked terrorists. They were caught attempting to get their hands on weapons. Another refugee in Idaho was charged with supporting a terrorist organization and teaching people how to build bombs. Somali refugees in Minnesota have faced numerous convictions for collaborating with terror groups. A Bosnian refugee in Missouri, who entered the country with his wife and five others relatives, donated supplies and money to terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq. All of these people made it into our country through the screening President Obama says is secure.The Department of Homeland Security reports that about 174,060,462 people enter the United States from other countries each year. That’s over 476,000 each day. These figures include temporary non-immigrant visa holders as well as immigrants, refugees, and asylees. This staggering number doesn’t include the estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants who come to this country each year.These numbers are overwhelming. The idea that we have the structure in place to properly screen and account for all of those people is laughable.If even .00001% of these people were bad actors, that’s 1,740 folks we need to be concerned about. No screening system ever invented could claim credibility to the 1/10,000th degree.The current revolving door imposes enormous screening burden – if not the guarantee of mishaps – so why would we admit a large block of refugees from a part of the world where conducting meaningful background checks is impossible? America is already at risk due to the massive number of arrivals raining an imperfect vetting process.It only takes one terrorist disguised as a refugee living on American soil to transform our country forever with a major attack.
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