Conceding that Islamic terrorists could enter the United States via its Syrian refugee program, the Obama Administration quickly switched gears to tell Americans their fears about jihad from the Middle Eastern nation have gone overboard.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Charles Johnson insists that America should take the threat of Islamic terrorism from Syrian refugees seriously, but also downplayed it as a universal threat.
“We do have to be concerned about the possibility that a terrorist organization may seek to exploit our refugee resettlement process,” Johnson expressed at a press conference in the nation’s capital last week. “This is true of this country, that’s true of every other country that accepts refugees.”
Just before the Homeland Security’s statement, Fox News reported that since 2012, 102,000 Syrian refugees have been accepted as permanent U.S. residents. It also divulged that since 2001, 122,000 foreign-national visas have been revoked — 9,500 of which were taken away because of terrorist threat-related reasons.
At a House Oversight Committee meeting taking place Thursday, U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs Assistant Secretary Michele Thoren Bond informed Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) that the whereabouts of the nearly 10,000 feared Islamic terrorists are unknown.
Center for Immigration Studies Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan said the terrorist problem is out of the government’s control, noting that federal officials are overwhelmed by the number of refugees their program has accepted.
“The sheer number of people arriving on all kinds of visas and with green cards, and possibly U.S. citizenship, makes it impossible for our counterterrorism authorities to keep track of them all, much less prevent them from carrying out attacks or belatedly try to deport them,” Vaughan announced Thursday on Fox.
Despite the daunting statistics, President Barack Obama is discounting Americans’ fears about Syrian terrorism via his refugee programs.
“Obama has framed concerns by Republican officials and presidential candidates as fear-mongering,” WND reports. “He also used a naturalization ceremony in Washington on Wednesday to liken Syrian migrants to persecuted Jews under Germany’s Nazi regime.”
The president made the argument that the Syrian refugees — including the jihadists amongst them — are no different than the persecuted and scattered Jews who populated Hitler’s concentration camps more than 80 years ago, when 6 million displaced Jews were exterminated.
“In the Syrian refugee of today, we should see the Jewish refugee of World War II,” the commander-in-chief declared to 31 new American immigrants at the National Archives.
These words were expressed by the outgoing U.S. president were made while those suspected of conducting the Paris jihadist massacre were tracked to a refugee center in Europe.
“The president’s comments came in conjunction with the arrest of two terror suspects in the Austrian city of Salzburg,” WND’s Douglas Ernst reports. “The men, who authorities suspect of being linked to the Paris, France, terror attacks that killed 130 on Nov. 13, were hiding at a refugee center.”
Austrian State Prosecutor Robert Holzleitner explained that the suspected Paris terrorists were reportedly from Syria or a nearby Islamic nation.
“Two people who arrived from the Middle East were arrested at the weekend in accommodation for refugees on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organization,” the spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Salzburg, Austria, explained, according to Reuters.
Not making sense
Many Republicans, including those running for the Republican presidential ticket in the 2016 election, contend that Obama’s allegiance to his program of accepting more Syrian refugees in the midst of domestic and international jihadist attacks makes no sense.
Ernst says that the latest California attack — not to mention the closure of the entire Los Angeles Unified School District due to an Islamic terror threat — confirms that ISIS is alive and well in the U.S., but such attacks and threats don’t seem to deter the president from welcoming potential terrorists onto American soil.
“ISIS has made no secret of using it as a Trojan horse, and 14 Americans were killed Dec. 2 in San Bernardino, California, by Islamic radicals,” Ernst continued. “One of the San Bernardino terrorists, 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik, even pledged allegiance to ISIS on one of her Facebook pages. Malik and her husband, 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farook, died in a shootout with police hours after their attack on a center for those with developmental disabilities.”
Republicans have even taken stabs at the president for his alleged gross negligence in taking care of the ongoing and escalating Islamic terror threat.
“I mean this respectfully to the secretary, but, duh, I mean, this is obvious that they can infiltrate this way,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, expressed on Fox News Wednesday after hearing Johnson’s recent account on the ISIS terror threat. “They have said it in social media posts, they obviously want to attack us here at home. This is quite obvious.”
Conservative news outlets proclaim that Obama’s seemingly unconditional support of accommodating Muslims in the U.S. in the wake of recent threats shows that he believes terrorists aren’t really Islamic even though they reportedly chant Islamic slogans while carrying out their carnage on innocent victims — or infidels.
“Obama, unfazed by criticism, told Americans there were no ‘specific and credible’ threats while speaking Thursday at the National Counterterrorism Center in Tysons Corner, Virginia,” Ernst pointed out. “He also reiterated the argument that terror in the name of Islam should be viewed as an aberration and an act divorced from the religion as a whole.”
Obama’s own words clearly express this sentiment.
“ISIL does not speak for Islam,” Obama proclaimed. “They are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death. They account for a tiny fraction of more than one billion Muslims around the world.”