First Syrian refugees arrive on U.S. soil: Where is Congress?

· April 6, 2016  
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Migrants, most of them from Pakistan, protest against the EU- Turkey deal about migration inside the entrance of Moria camp in the Greek island of Lesbos on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Petros Giannakouris | AP Photo

Imagine a Republican leadership that actually harnessed public attention against some of Obama’s most unpopular policies, especially as it relates to national security?

The Associated Press is reporting today that under a new expedited program to speed up resettlement, families will begin coming to the U.S. this week from Jordan. The first Syrian family to be resettled to the U.S. under its speeded-up “surge operation” departed to the United States Wednesday from the Jordanian capital, Amman:

A resettlement surge center opened in Amman in February to meet President Barack Obama’s target of resettling 10,000 Syrians to the United States by Sep. 30. Every day, the center interviews some 600 Syrian refugees.

The temporary processing center for the surge operation will run until April 28, U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Alice Wells said. She travelled to the airport to greet the family before their departure.

The regional refugee coordinator at the U.S. embassy in Amman, Gina Kassem, said that while the 10,000 target applies to Syrian refugees living around the world, the majority will be resettled from Jordan. 

Despite all of the national security problems and challenges with assimilation, there is not even a peep from Congressional Republicans.  The media will attempt to play on people’s emotions and portray this as some great humanitarian gesture, but the reality is that moving refugees to the U.S. costs 12 times more than resettling them in the region, which means we could resettle thousands more if we restructured the goals of the program.  But that would deny the parasitic refugee resettlement groups their taxpayer funded mandate to transform America, so they dogmatically oppose options other than domestic resettlement.

The administration will also try to demonstrate that these people are harmless and are not members of ISIS.  The problem, as we’ve observed in the past, is that most people don’t come with a membership card linking them to a formal terror group.  The real question is how many of them are fervent adherents to Sharia, which is fundamentally at odds with our democratic society. Just today, a Syrian refugee was arrested in Germany for war crimes and torture he committed in Syria but was unknown until now.

Moreover, as we’ve see here and in Europe, many of the religious parents will live peacefully but their strict adherence to Sharia cultivates the atmosphere where their kids become militarized.  There is no way of vetting the future of these children and past history, especially the experience with many Somali refugees, dictates that we must not gamble our security.

This is not hard to communicate to the American people.  According to a poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, 84% of Americans believe immigration from the Middle East is very or somewhat dangerous. These sentiments are shared by 75% of Democrats, 80% of Blacks, and 90% of Hispanics. The poll also found that just 25% of Americans and 38% of Democrats want to bring in Syrian refugees.

Rather than focus on the Puerto Rican bailout or jailbreak legislation, Republicans should immediately put a moratorium on refugees from countries saturated with Islamists.


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Author: Daniel Horowitz

Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.