The White House is trying to import tens of thousands of Syrian “refugees” into the U.S. despite the attacks in Paris; and to push that goal, President Obama posted a graphic to Facebook to explain the “rigorous” screening that these refugees face to get into the U.S. But Facebook commenters didn’t seem to believe a word of it.
Pushing the Twitter hashtag “#RefugeesWelcome,” the Facebook graphic declares that “refugees undergo more rigorous screening than anyone else we allow into the U.S.”
The graphic is accompanied by a message that insists that we can bring in these hundreds of thousands of refugees even “while ensuring our own safety.”
The posting goes on to claim that for each and every “refugee,” a series of at least five intensive safety checks are made by the FBI, the Department of State, the National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State.
The graphic claims that “refugees” undergo the following security checks:
- Security checks for applicants of all nationalities
- Examination of all available biographic and biometric data
- Consultation of a broad array of law enforcement and intelligence community databases
- Extensive interviews and many lines of questioning
- Only after all checks are completed and cleared is a refugee applicant cleared to travel to the U.S.
Immediately, the comments on the president’s Facebook posting, though, were filled with negative comments.
Commenter David Swenk, for instance, had a typical and well-written response.
“Yeah and you can keep your doctor,” Swenk wrote, “and your insurance will go sown $2,500 per family, and Benghazi was due to a movie, the Arab Spring will bring freedom and stability to Arab people and ISIS is JV. I think there is a solid track record of what the White House says doesn’t always pan out. The French screened too and look where that got them. ISIS already said they were infiltrating. You’re a fool if you don’t think ISIS trains their people to pass screenings, Most of these people have no paper trail. Your own FBI and DHS have said we need to back up and there is a threat, Congress says and millions of Americans, Why not, for once, listen to what we say and implement our will and not your own.”
Commenter Ethan Hubbard echoed dozens of others saying, “Everyone who wants the refugees, I want you to go and clear out a room in your house for a family to live in.”
In fact, very few of the comments are positive and in favor of Obama’s plan to bring in “refugees.”
Regardless, of Obama’s insistence that his administration carefully screens these “refugees,” many in Congress disagree with the claim.
Republican Senator Jeff Sessions warned about this at a hearing on Oct. 2.
“Refugee resettlement also comes with security risks, as we have witnessed with the surge of ISIS recruitment among Somali-refugee communities in Minnesota,” Sessions said. “Anyone claiming to have a serious and honest discussion of refugee resettlement must ask the difficult questions about integration, assimilation and community safety.”
“We have little or no information about who these people are … no ability to determine whether they are radicalized,” the senator added.
Republican House Intelligence Committee member Peter King also noted that there really isn’t any vetting of these refugees, saying, “as a practical matter, there is no vetting.”