Our hearts and prayers go out to Paris and the horrendous terrorist attacks that occurred last Friday.
Yesterdays's Tampa Tribune includes a commentary from Joe Henderson, Refugee hysteria is about politics, not security.
The hysteria we’re seeing and hearing all over the news has nothing to do with keeping us safe from orphans, mothers or hungry babies fleeing from Islamic terrorists. It’s certainly not about the national ideals of charity and hope we love to embrace, at least until we don’t.
It’s about winning an election, and making us afraid might help do that. Politicians see the refugees as collateral damage in a campaign season for the highest office in the land. No one spoke that more clearly than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who also happens to be running for president.We also remember the Tribune reported in September Number of Syrian refugees arriving in Tampa area jumps.
The Tampa area already is seeing a surge in the number of Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn country, but the brunt of the influx is a year or two away, state officials say.
At the same time as the number of Syrian refugees are expected to surge, the county commissioners took this formal action presented by Commissioner Kevin Beckner.
Hillsborough County commissioners earlier this month voted unanimously to become the first — and so far only — refugee welcoming county in Florida. The resolution was presented by Commissioner Kevin Beckner.
“It’s important with the diversity of our culture here in Hillsborough County that we recognize the contributions refugees make after they escape persecution,” he said. “
Part of the purpose of the resolution, he said, is to make sure refugees feel welcome in Hillsborough County.Creating a simplified media sound bite about diversity and that concerns about the Syrian refugees is about politics and not security is being very naive.
There are a number of valid issues to consider with security of course, being a major one.
As President Obama moved to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees to come to the US, this is what FBI Director James Comey said during a House Committee on Homeland Security in October:
FBI director James Comey said during a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on Wednesday that the federal government does not have the ability to conduct thorough background checks on all of the 10,000 Syrian refugees that the Obama administration says will be allowed to come to the U.S.
As Thompson, a Democrat, said, “a lot of us are concerned about whether you have enough information available to you to do an accurate vetting.”
Comey acknowledged that knowledge gap.
“You can only query what you’ve collected,” he reiterated.Concerns of security is not a partisan issue. Even the Democrat candidate running for Governor of Louisiana has called for a moratorium on Syrian refugees until more is known about the vetting process
The Wall Street Journal reported that one of the Paris attackers had used a fake Syrian passport.
Mystery deepened over a Paris attacker who traveled to Europe via Greece and the Balkans, after French officials said Monday that the Syrian passport he had used was indeed a fake.
Authorities in France and Greece have said that fingerprints taken from the remains of a suicide bomber outside France’s national sports stadium, the Stade de France, match the prints of a man who entered Europe via the Aegean island of Leros on Oct. 3.That news brings us a Fox News flashback to the issue of forged Syrian passports.
A Daily Mail reporter who said that he obtained a forged Syrian passport, ID and driver’s license in just four days discussed the Paris terror attacks on "Fox and Friends" this morning.
A Syrian passport was reportedly found near one of the terrorists after Friday's attacks, raising fears that ISIS is infiltrating Europe among the wave of refugees fleeing Syria.
Nick Fagge traveled to Turkey to meet with the forger, and paid him $2,000 for the documents.
International Business Times reported:
"There are people who are in Turkey now who buy fake Syrian passports because they know Syrians get the right to asylum in all the member states of the European Union," Fabrice Leggeri, the head of the border control agency Frontex, told Europe 1 earlier this year. “People who use false Syrian passports often speak in Arabic. They may originate in North Africa or the Middle East, but they have the profile of economic migrants.”
Getting a fake Syrian passport is "surprisingly easy" if you have the money, as BuzzFeed put it last year. Along the Turkey-Syria border, high-quality passports cost $2,000, while less realistic options are $1,000. A BuzzFeed reporter was able to buy a Syrian ID card for $150.
The prices and the process vary. A reporter for Dutch magazine Nieuwe Revu paid $825 for a passport and ID, which took all of 40 hours to obtain in September. When the forger asked for a photo, the reporter sent a headshot of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. He received it with no problems, Dutch News reported.While the media portrays the refugees are all from Syria, reports from ex-military, ex-intelligence and some journalists have stated they are not all Syrians. With forged Syiran documents easily attainable on the black market, how do we know where all these people are actually from?
Another issue is that the United States is relying on the UN, often not exactly a haven of pro America sentiment, for determining who is getting refugee status. Is this process being fair?
CNS News reported yesterday So Far: Syrian Refugees in U.S. Include 2,098 Muslims, 53 Christians
Most refugees considered for resettlement in the U.S. are referred by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
“The United States’ reliance on the United Nations for referrals of Syrian refugees should also be re-evaluated,” they said. “That reliance unintentionally discriminates against Syrian Christians and other religious minorities who are reluctant to register as refugees with the United Nations for fear of political and sectarian retribution.”
Sookhdeo says Western governments “must understand that vulnerable Christians are being overlooked in rescue program that take only those in the camps to safety. Fully aware of the victimization that is likely to await them in refugee camps, Iraqi and Syrian believers are mainly taking shelter in schools, churches, and apartments, or with relatives where possible.”There is also the issue of tracking the refugees once they are here. Already a Syrian refugee went missing in Louisiana.
The American Mirror reported yesterday:
WBRZ has learned Catholic Charities helped the refugee who settled in Baton Rouge, but said the immigrant left for another state after a couple of days, and they don’t know where the refugee went since they don’t track them.
“We’re at the receiving end,” Chad Aguillard, executive director of Catholic Charities, says. “We receive them, we welcome them into our community and help them resettle. There has been a lot of commotion and fear with Syrians. The fear is justified, but we have to check that against reality.”
State leaders are upset after the federal government began relocating Syrian refugees in the state without notifying them. (emphasis mine)
“This is a federal program, and it was their responsibility, as the governor has stated, that they should have notified myself or governor directly,” according to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management Director Kevin Davis.The missing refugee was found heading to Washington DC. Gateway Pundit who had originally posted about the missing refugee was told by Governor Jindal's office that the feds were no help and the state police had to locate the missing Syrian.
Breitbart reports Governor Scott's interview yesterday with Hannity.
Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) stated that the White House told him the White House wouldn’t explain how the US’ refugee vetting program is better than France’s and they wouldn’t give him “any authority to make decisions for my state,” or law enforcement “background information” on refugees in an interview broadcast on Wednesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.Bottom line, the federal government is not doing their job assisting and appropriately communicating with the states receiving these refugees.
The American Mirror also reported yesterday detail about what a Texas refugee services group gives to those refugees the Obama Administration is bring into America. This is at a time when Americans are still struggling in a stagnant economy, our Veterans deserve better treatment and we have other Americans who are in need. Please listen to the audio recording.
Liberty News recently published an audio recording it says is a phone call between a representative of Refugee Services of Texas and a man posing as a potential volunteer.
The services detailed in the call — being paid for by U.S. taxpayers — is staggering.
“Every refugee receives a sum of money from the government that’s welcome money. It’s $925 per person — a one-time sum,” the organization employee tells the caller.
That’s only the beginning. She also rattled off a laundry list of services offered to incoming refugees intended to make them “self-sufficient and indeptendent,” including:
Being picked up at the airportThe organization gives the volunteer a Walmart gift card to buy “all the items needed for the refugee’s apartment.” Any waste, fraud and abuse in this program?
Finding and securing an apartment
Setting up the apartment “so it’s livable”
Providing bus orientation
Transporting them to Social Security office to apply for card
Helping find employment
Eight weeks of English as Second Language (ESL) classes