Obama’s plan to admit a minimum of 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. has ignited a firestorm of public opposition – particularly in light of the recent horrific attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.
But even Donald Trump’s comments about halting Muslim entry may be too little too late. Because 10 times that number have already arrived since 2012, according to Fox News.
Some 102,313 Syrians were granted admission to the U.S. as legal permanent residents or through programs including work, study and tourist visas from 2012 through August of this year, a period which roughly coincides with the devastating civil war that still engulfs the Middle Eastern country. Experts say any fears that terrorists might infiltrate the proposed wave of refugees from United Nations-run camps should be dwarfed by the potential danger already here.
“It is highly unlikely that the 102,313 Syrians who were admitted over the past three years were effectively vetted,” said spokesman Ira Mehlman, of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. “Even in countries where we have a strong diplomatic presence, the sheer volume of background checks being carried out precludes the kind of thorough vetting that is necessary.”
Mehlman said the same concerns raised in regard to the refugees – mainly that no reliable documents can be issued in a country in complete meltdown – apply to the Syrians already here.
“All civil order has collapsed, and meaningful background checks are impossible,” Mehlman said. “Instead, we rely on cross-checking databases. However, many people with ties to terrorist groups are not in any databases, which means there is no way we can identify them before they arrive here.”
We now know ISIS has been issuing visa materials in areas under their control since late 2014. Is it possible we already have ISIS infiltration using fake passports?
Let’s hope our own homeland security folks can find them before they “out” themselves in another attack.