Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, campaigning in South Carolina on Saturday, called the idea "nothing less than lunacy," and rival Donald Trump called it "insane" during a campaign stop in Texas.
Ed. Note: Obama decrees that the United States will take 10,000 Syrian Islamic refugees right away and a total of 100,000 in following years. In light of the horrors of the Paris massacre still dominating our news channels, key Republicans and candidates are questioning the Obama plan. Well, DUH! YA THINK?! Friends, how did we let our country become led by such stupidity as the Obama administration?
Republished from WashingtonExaminer.com, by Charles Hoskinson. Image credit: Brietbart.
Republicans are trying to put the brakes on plans to admit thousands of refugees from Syria after deadly attacks in Paris highlighted concerns that terrorists may be trying to use that welcome to sneak into the U.S.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s office said in a statement Sunday that the state was putting on hold efforts to accept Syrian refugees until the federal government conducts a “full review” of the vetting process.
“Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration. But our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents,” the statement said.
French authorities believe at least one of those involved in Friday’s attacks, which have been blamed on the Islamic State, may have entered that country in the flow of hundreds of thousands of Syrians fleeing a nearly five-year-old civil war. But the White House said Sunday that the attacks, which killed 129 and injured more than 350, would not change its plans to admit 10,000 Syrians as refugees in fiscal 2016.
“We have the most extensive security vetting that we have ever had to deal with Syrian refugees coming into the United States that involves not just the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department, but also our intelligence community, the National Counterterrorism Center, so that anybody who comes to the United States, we are carefully vetting against all of our information,” White House adviser Ben Rhodes told CNN.
More than half of Syria’s 22 million people are on the move, seeking refuge from mass killings by President Bashar Assad’s forces and the brutality of Islamic State extremists. Some 7.6 million are displaced within the country and 4 million have left to become refugees. Hundreds of thousands of those are streaming into Europe, with more coming every day, creating the worst humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II.
The administration plans to dramatically ramp up the number of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States, from about 1,500 in fiscal 2015 to at least 10,000 in fiscal 2016. But though officials also plan to increase the total number of refugees admitted from 70,000 in fiscal 2015 to 85,000 in fiscal 2016 and 100,000 in fiscal 2017, the administration has other priorities besides Syrians, most notably Africans displaced by conflict and children and teens from Central America who have been flowing across the border over the past year.
“Any proposed change in U.S. policy by this administration must involve a careful assessment of all the implications and ensure that there is no added security risk,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said Sunday.
Corker postponed a hearing of his committee scheduled for Wednesday on the policy implications of resettling Syrian refugees in the United States.
Republican presidential candidates meanwhile pointed to the Paris attacks as a reminder of their warnings that the Islamic State would use the wave of refugees to infiltrate terrorists into the United States and other Western countries.
“The problem is we can’t background check them. You can’t pick up the phone and call Syria. And that’s one of the reasons why I said we won’t be able to take more refugees. It’s not that we don’t want to; it’s that we can’t because there’s no way to background check someone that’s coming from Syria,” Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida told ABC’s “This Week.”
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, campaigning in South Carolina on Saturday, called the idea “nothing less than lunacy,” and rival Donald Trump called it “insane” during a campaign stop in Texas. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told CNN the U.S. should take only a “limited number” of Syrians, giving priority to Christians displaced by both the Islamic State and Assad’s forces.
“But ultimately the best way to deal with the refugee crisis is to create safe zones inside of Syria, so that people don’t risk their lives and you don’t have what will be a national security challenge both for our country and Europe of screening,” he added.
Lawmakers from both parties in Congress have been pushing the administration to create a “safe zone” for refugees inside Syria, hoping to keep them close to home and minimize the security and humanitarian problems they’re causing for neighboring states such as Turkey, which supports the idea.
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