The Obama administration has decided to implement a “surge” of Syrian refugees into the United states. They are fast-tracking the arrival to make good on its commitment of bringing 10,000 by the end of fiscal 2016.
The Obama administration has decided to implement a “surge” in Syrian refugees, fast-tracking the arrival of those fleeing civil war in that country to make good on its commitment of bringing 10,000 by the end of fiscal 2016.
The “surge” is needed because the administration has delivered only 1,411 in the first six-and-a-half months of the year.
The Obama administration’s scripted answer for anyone who questioned its ability to screen Syrian “refugees” was that they are the “most thoroughly vetted” of all immigrants, going through an arduous process that takes 18 to 24 months to complete.
But that process was taking longer than expected and making it impossible for Obama to make good on his promise to the United Nations to admit at least 10,000 Syrians in fiscal 2016.
To fulfill its promise, the administration has now decided to expedite the process, cutting the screening period from 18-24 months down to three months.
Administration officials have set up special screening centers in Jordan, where they will be interviewing potential Syrian refugees at a rate of 600 per day.
To realize the goal of 10,000 Syrian refugees coming to the U.S. by Sept. 30, the government will need to deliver 8,589 by that date, or an average of 358 per week.
As WND has previously reported, more than 98 percent of the Syrian “refugees” have been Sunni Muslims while only 1 percent have been Christians. Yet, it’s the Christians who are being systematically exterminated in what even the United Nations has termed a “genocide” by ISIS and other Sunni rebel groups operating in Syria and Iraq.
FBI Director James Comey has testified before Congress that even with the longer 18-24 months of vetting, it was impossible to verify the identities of the vast majority of Syrian refugees.
“Whenever unilateral political actions are taken to ‘speed up’ a complex program, which is already known to be fraught with uncertainty, it becomes virtually impossible for officials to conduct a reliable vetting process,” Philip Haney, a former Homeland Security investigator who retired last year, told WND. “And, the figure of (nearly) 9,000 is a ‘floor,’ not a final number.”
Several GOP congressmen held hearings and sent letters to Obama voicing their opposition to the Syrian refugee program. But in the end, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., put together an omnibus spending bill that fully funded Obama’s expanded refugee program.
The program will bring 85,000 refugees to the U.S. from all countries in fiscal 2016, about half of them coming from Muslim-majority nations such as Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq. The total is scheduled to increase again in fiscal 2017 to 100,000.
The top states for Syrian refugee resettlement over the first six months of the fiscal year have been Michigan with 173, California with 138, Pennsylvania with 126 and Illinois with 98.
But those numbers are now expected to balloon quickly.
Michigan alone is in line to receive at least 5,000 Syrians this year.
Just in the last 10 days, Missouri has received 16 Syrians, Ohio has received 14, Arizona 12, Illinois 11, Pennsylvania nine, Michigan seven and Indiana five.
Michigan is receiving the largest number this year even though GOP Gov. Rick Snyder has informed Obama he doesn’t want any Syrian refugees, citing the security risks.
See map below showing the number of Syrian refugees each state has received in first six months of fiscal 2016. The numbers are expected to grow much faster in the second half of the year due a White House-ordered “surge.”
By expediting the vetting period, the administration hopes to increase by nearly 10-fold the number of Syrians it brings to the U.S. in the second half of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
Gina Kassem, the regional refugee coordinator at the U.S. embassy in Amman, Jordan, told the Associated Press that while the 10,000 target applies to Syrian refugees living around the world, the majority of those being resettled in America will be coming from refugee camps in Jordan.
And the number of Syrians delivered to the United States could go above the target of 10,000.
“The 10,000 is a floor and not a ceiling, and it is possible to increase the number,” she told reporters.
More than two dozen mostly GOP governors informed Obama after the Paris terror attacks last November they didn’t want any Syrian refugees delivered to their states, but the administration said the states have no authority to stop the program from being carried out.
At least two of the eight Islamic terrorists who killed 130 Parisians entered Europe as “refugees” from Syria.
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, whose home district in Minnesota has been flooded with Somali refugees over the past 20 years, was one of the first lawmakers to warn of the security risks associated with the importation of refugees from jihadist hotbeds in the Middle East and Africa.
Dozens of refugees have been arrested for providing material support to overseas terrorists over the past few years.
“President Obama is doing everything within his power to advance an Islamic invasion of the U.S., primarily made up of Muslims emanating from global terror hotspots,” Bachmann told WND.
“We on the House Intelligence Committee warned a year ago that Syria is incapable of vetting people for terrorism detection,” Bachmann said. “It is impossible because Syria has no database of records for the U.S. to peruse, and the U.S. has no embedded human intelligence in Syria.
ISIS, meanwhile, has accumulated a cache of fake passports. They have used these passports to infiltrate Europe, and critics of the administration like Bachmann warn they will duplicate the same successful strategy to infiltrate the United States.
“We also know ISIS captured actual Syrian passports and the actual machines used to create Syrian passports,” Bachmann said. “The terrorists have the means within their control to create legitimate passports for fellow terrorists.
“This should be sufficient information to stop any migration to the U.S. from Islamic terror dominated nations.”
ISIS operatives have bragged they have already embedded 4,000 refugee terrorists in Europe.
“The same will be true for the U.S.,” Bachmann told WND. “We U.S. taxpayers are paying dearly for our own destruction.
“Why isn’t Obama singling out persecuted Christians for a ‘surge’ mission of mercy?” she asked.
“Christians are the true Middle East victims of Islamic genocide. Instead, Obama chooses likely terrorist aggressors to bring to America,” she said.
Also troubling is the fact that most Syrian Muslims hate Jews and the state of Israel, Bachmann said.
“They are people who are dedicated to overthrowing American laws in favor of 7th century Islamic laws of oppression,” she added. “They seek to destroy Judaism and Christianity. They seek to destroy America. Europe is our preview, and Europe’s fate, under Obama will be our own.
“Will we soon witness on our TVs American first-responders cleaning up the blood and flesh carnage of Obama’s obviously dangerous decision?”
Canada’s new Liberal government has taken 25,000 Syrians so far this year and has a goal of taking 50,000 by the end of the year. Many of them have been fast-tracked and some in Congress have openly worried about the risks of a Syrian traveling from Canada to the U.S. through the porous northern border to carry out terror attacks.