Obama, democrats, and progressives have been hell bent on bringing mass amounts of refugees from Syria. Little has been known about who is coming nor how they choose which refugees win the ‘Going to America’ lottery ticket. Americans have questioned the safety of this in light of terrorist attacks happening abroad and at home, along with the inability to do proper background checks and the fact that ISIS members are already embedded into the refugees. Americans have overwhelmingly said they do not want refugees brought here. However, Obama and his defenders, denounce all concern.
At hearing after hearing, government officials have reiterated the following: The U.S. refugee resettlement program poses no threat to the safety of the American people, and all refugees — including Syrians — are subjected to rigorous screening before they are admitted into the United States. For example, Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, reassured us that: “Applicants to the U.S. refugee admissions program are currently subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the United States.”
Refugees are selected, not from the State Department, but from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) program. This is a highly frightening reality for many reasons. The United States is relying fully on the UNHCR for selection and pre-screening and deciding who gets to be ‘resettled’ here. There is also concern for fraud in the way of payoffs or lying by refugees with those foreign workers just believing what the refugees say, without question. Americans are being asked to fully put their faith in UNHCR.
But no matter how often these people are interviewed by UNHCR (twice or more), the same guidelines apply: “The mere absence of information, or one’s inability to find information that supports an applicant’s claim, should not in itself justify a negative eligibility decision.” What is (only) required from applicants are statements that “must be coherent and plausible, and must not run counter to generally known facts.”
Remember, the FBI said there is absolutely no way to screen these refugees. The intelligence community agrees.
The Center for Immigration Studies did an analysis on this process and their findings were alarming.
UNHCR has so far submitted 22,427 cases to the United States for resettlement consideration. Of those, about 2,000 were accepted last year.
Further, UNHCR is severely understaffed and it would be nearly impossible for thorough background checks to be performed on all the refugees. Overall, there are over 4 million refugees and only 2,038 staff members total at UNHCR, including non-screeners, whom we know little about.
Our national security is literally being outsourced to foreign workers.
To read more of the investigative analysis in detail, click on The Center for Immigration Studies logo below.