ABC News took the recent uproar over what to do about the thousands of Muslim Syrian refugees that the Obama administration is planning to resettle in the USA, to remind the President and the rest of America about the report they produced in 2013.
The 2013 ABC News investigation also revealed that several dozen other suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some who were believed to have targeted U.S. troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the U.S. as Iraq and Afghanistan War refugees, among the tens of thousands of innocent immigrants.
The Obama administration insists now that Syrian refugees are subjected to intense vetting before they’re allowed to settle in the U.S. and that a vast majority of the millions of refugees the U.S. has resettled since the 1970s are normal, peaceful people, but the program has had serious security problems before. In 2009, a flaw in background screening of Iraqi refugees allowed the two al Qaeda-linked terrorists to settle in Bowling Green and led to a temporary suspension of the refugee program, officials told ABC News in a 2013 investigation.
The U.S. takes in as many as 70,000 refugees from around the world every year – a vast majority of whom are never deemed national security threats — and the White House recently announced it plans to increase that to 100,000 per year by 2017.
The security concerns over Syrian refugees — millions of desperate people fleeing widespread violence in their homeland — boiled over this weekend after it was revealed that European authorities believe one of the suicide bombers who helped kill more than 120 people in Paris last week had used a Syrian passport with likely a fake name to slip into Europe hidden among hundreds of innocents.
The governors of more than half the states in the U.S. now have objected to accepting Syrians fleeing one of the worst humanitarian crises in modern history, and lawmakers such as House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, have demanded that President Obama temporarily suspend the program.
The United States has been and will continue to be the most compassionate nation on this planet. It’s engrained in our character to help the less fortunate and to protect the persecuted, and while we may not do it perfectly, we try to make this world a better place each and every day. Our hearts break for the Syrian refugees and we should help them, but that does not mean we should put more lives at risk to do so. It is far cheaper and much easier to resettle these refugees in the Muslim countries that neighbor Syria. We can facilitate making that transition easier, while continuing to accept refugees from other parts of Asia, Africa and beyond. Deciding not to accept Muslim refugees from ISIS occupied regions of Iraq and Syria is not heartless… it’s just good common sense.