On the heels of the news that at least one suspect in the Paris terror attacks got there via a Syrian refugee wave, governors across the United States have openly declared their state is refusing to take any Syrian refugees.
A total of 27 state governors, more than half of the nation, have now affirmed their state will refuse these refugees, many writing letters to the White House and DHS secretary Jeh Johnson.
Obama called the response “shameful”.
About 1,500 Syrian refugees have come to America since 2011. The Obama Administration had just announced in September that some 100,000 Syrian refugees will be accepted in the U.S. by the year 2017, while Congress apparently just learned that at least 13 Syrian refugees have arrived in New Orleans over the last two fiscal years, as the Obama Administration did not inform Congress until just a few days ago.
“While all refugees are vetted against all known intelligence community holdings, the Committee is concerned that the lack of current, reliable intelligence on the ground in Syria makes it very difficult to determine with any certainty who is entering the United States. We could very well be accepting individuals connected to ISIS, al-Nusra, al-Qaeda or any one of the terror groups currently operating in Syria,” a committee aide told the Daily Caller in an e-mail.
While authority on refugee admittance ultimately rests on a federal level with the 1980 Refugee Act, a state can definitely make it difficult.
“Legally, states have no authority to do anything because the question of who should be allowed in this country is one that the Constitution commits to the federal government. So a state can’t say it is legally objecting, but it can refuse to cooperate, which makes thing much more difficult,” American University law professor Stephen I. Vladeck told CNN.
Kevin Appleby, director of migration policy at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said one tactic states could use would be to cut their own funding in areas such as resettling refugees…
Why are states reluctant? Because even the FBI has admitted the U.S. intelligence community and its powerful surveillance dragnet does not really know who is coming into the country.
“We don’t have it under control,” Mr. Michael Steinback, Assistant Director for the FBI told the House Homeland Security Committee in June. “Absolutely, we’re doing the best we can. If I were to say that we had it under control, then I would say I know of every single individual traveling. I don’t. And I don’t know every person there and I don’t know everyone coming back. So it’s not even close to being under control.”
Still, the Obama Administration announced Monday that 10,000 “carefully vetted” Syrian refugees are headed to America right now, Syrians who, as Zero Hedge reported, “incidentally are running away from a civil war that the CIA itself started in an attempt to overthrow Assad with a puppet ruler who will bend to every ‘western’ whim, especially those involving Qatari pipelines”.
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) November 16, 2015
(1/2) Today, I am requesting that all refugee resettlement agencies in our state decline to participate in potential Syrian
— Gov. Pete Ricketts (@GovRicketts) November 16, 2015
— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) November 16, 2015
I’m telling President Obama to stop his refugee resettlement program until security issues are addressed. https://t.co/NYkThN2W43
— Idaho Governor (@ButchOtter) November 16, 2015
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