The FBI director testified last month that they don’t currently have the ability to conduct background checks on all 10,000 of the refugees President Barack Obama wants to let in. That is a serious problem. It is absolutely unacceptable and unconscionable that a single migrant from a Muslim country would be settled here without a thorough background investigation performed beforehand.
See, this is why the anti-refugee crowd gets defensive. There appears to exist a mindset — a mindset shared by our president — that we should fling open the doors and welcome these people based on their own assurances, and then perhaps double back and check them out once they’ve already moved in to some neighborhood in Minnesota or wherever. That is reckless. That is insane. That is entirely indefensible. If the FBI itself says it can’t, at this point, verify all of the refugees we’re about to resettle, then we need to stop until we can.
As I said, I don’t think these refugees are terrorist double agents, but I don’t want them admitted under that mere assumption. At any rate, it’s not just terrorists we’re worried about. Even if they are not Islamic State operatives, we still cannot afford to import radical Islamic ideology into this country. I don’t know how you check for ideology — which is another argument against introducing large numbers of these refugees into our communities — but my greatest worry is that we’ll be inviting thousands of people who harbor Middle East-style Islamic beliefs. That might not make them terrorists, but it makes them susceptible to radicalization, and, perhaps most importantly, it means they will never be assimilated into our culture. (Read more.)
From Tim Holcombe:
Fear of refugees is most definitely not unfounded, particularly when one bothers to do a modicum of research prior to posting something devoid of facts. I am not sure what the basis for saying “these are the most screened people of anyone America receives” is, but this is ludicrous on the surface and of course, there is no supporting evidence to support this claim.Share
So, here are the facts:
Ramic Hodzic and his wife Sedina, both of St Louis, MO, face trial over allegations they gathered cash to buy military equipment for ISIS fighters in Syria. Also facing trial are Armin Harcevic, Nihad Rosic, Mediha Medy Salkicevic, and Jasminka Ramic.
All six are Bosnian refugees.
Following a series of raids in April, in Minnesota, eight friends were charged with conspiracy to provide material support and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
The eight include Zacharia Abdurahman, Hanad Musse, Abdullahi Yusuf, and Abdurahman Yasin Daud.
All are Somalian refugees, save for Daud, who is a Kenyan refugee.
Not so “stellar,” is it? (Read more.)