In the wake of President Obama’s order to bring 10,000+ Syrian refugees to the United States in the next year, the White House claims that every single one will be carefully vetted. However, the FBI says there is currently no way of carrying out such a procedure.
This opens the door for extremists to enter the country under the guise of being refugees, as ISIS fighters have already vowed to do.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday that all refugees attempting to enter the US would be “extensively screened.”
Refugees will be screened by FBI, by DHS, and should pass other background checks, says @PressSec on the way Syrian ref. will arr. in US.
— Aleksandra Dukovska (@Dukovska36) September 10, 2015
However, senior FBI officials have recently said in Congressional testimony the the resources are simply not there to effectively vet every refugee coming into the country from Syria and Iraq.
FBI's Comey on Syrian refugees, possible terrorist infiltration: “That is a threat we have to worry about…There is a risk” #voaalert
— Jeff Seldin (@jseldin) September 10, 2015
FBI has admitted in congressional testimony that it has no capacity for vetting the thousands of refugees now arriving from the Middle East.
— Alexander (@Sverigefriend) September 5, 2015
Fox News reporter @kevincorke: One of the FBI's top terrorism experts said in February there was no clear way to positively vet refugees.
— Chris Woodward (@AFNCWOODWARD) September 8, 2015
FBI says we have no way to vet Syrian refugees. I'm reluctant to throw open our doors until we know who's coming in. http://t.co/aO8KHPgmKm
— Rep. Lou Barletta (@RepLouBarletta) September 10, 2015
@RepMcCaul tells Sinclair: I cannot support refugees coming to US until the FBI has data bases to properly vet them for terrorist reasons
— Colleen Wordock (@cwordock) September 10, 2015
In addition, the intelligence community cannot easily trace the backgrounds of those entering the country, because no vetting procedures or records exist in the war-torn countries.
The Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Immigration Services currently uses UN lists of refugees who have been determined to be safe candidates for asylum. That screening process takes between 18 and 24 months, however, and is extremely resource heavy.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper described the migration crisis as a “disaster of biblical proportions” Wednesday, and warned that it provides an opportunity for terrorist groups such as ISIS to “infiltrate operatives among these refugees.”
“What we’re trying to do is weed out people who are liars, who are criminals or would-be terrorists,” a senior State Department official added.
I’m sure we’ll screen Syria’s muslim refugees with the same non-existent methods we used at the southern border. http://t.co/LZ1JuCQo4Z
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) September 10, 2015
Human rights groups have called on the U.S. to accept 65,000 Syrian refugees, while Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to ask Congress to support bringing 30,000 in to the US.
ISIS extremists claimed earlier this year that they would attempt to export 500,000 terrorists under the guise of being refugees.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.