Conservative Leaders: Syrian Immigration is a Grave National Security Threat
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Conservative Leaders: Syrian Immigration is a Grave National Security Threat
November 30, 2015
The burden to keep our immigration system both safe and generous falls on Congress.
America’s immigration system is the most generous in the world. Accordingly, the law allows for those who have a “well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion” to enter the U.S. as a refugee. This definition is importantly limited in scope and applies to individuals on a case-by- case basis. It may not apply to everyone fleeing one country equally.
The State Department, according to its legal authority granted by Congress, announced that 10,000 of the 85,000 refugee slots for 2016 will be reserved for Syrians. Given the current climate around the globe, a refugee population so large, fleeing a war torn region, with ample evidence that a group of Syrian refugees is much more likely to contain Islamic Extremists bent on violence in America creating a completely unsecure, dangerous, and untenable situation for the American people.
During his testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security last week, FBI Director James Comey clearly indicated that the FBI does not have the ability to conduct thorough background checks on 10,000 Syrian refugees. At the moment, we are convinced there is no possible way to verify the identity and credibility of Syrian refugees, and recognize that to be a grave national security threat. Of the challenge in verifying the identity of a Syrian refugee, he said, ““And so if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing show up because we have no record of them.”
Until there is assurance that all potential terrorists are screened out, Syrian refugees cannot be allowed to immigrate to the United States. If the administration is determined to grant refugee status to 10,000 (or more) Syrian refuges, it is incumbent upon Congress to intervene. According to Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, the Congress has sole discretion over immigration law and federal spending. On December 11th, funding for all government programs will expire. In the interest of national security, Congress must prohibit funding for the State Department to allow any Syrian immigrant to gain refugee status.
There are compassionate approaches that do not entail the security risks associated with allowing vast numbers of un-vetted, displaced people into the United States. For example, humanitarian support could be provided directly to displaced people currently in refugee camps in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and elsewhere. We could also assist the government of Kurdistan in its efforts to care for those displaced by shifting already allotted financial and/or other resources for the current camps, and also ensure more are built if needed.
Congress should then work with the intelligence agencies to develop a vetting process that assures the nation our refugee laws do not make us less safe. We must be able to verify that any individual seeking any immigration status does not pose a threat to this nation. Congress should pause any new Syrian refugees, and allow a deliberative process for lawmakers to ensure any proposed vetting process is secure, transparent, and respects the role of state governments.
Hon. Edwin Meese III - Former Attorney General, President Ronald Reagan
Hon. J. Kenneth Blackwell - Former U.S. Ambassador, UN Human Rights Commission - (ARRA News Service Author)
Hon. Colin A. Hanna - President, Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
William L. Walton - Vice President, Council for National Policy
Rod D. Martin - Founder and CEO, The Martin Organization - (ARRA News Service Author)
Sherri R. Martin - The Martin Foundation
Gary L. Bauer - President, American Values - (ARRA News Service Author)
Nicholas Stehle - Campaign for the American Future
Michael A. Needham - Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Action for America - (ARRA News Service Author)
Hon. Tony Perkins - President, Family Research Council - (ARRA News Service Author)
Erick-Woods Erickson - Editor-in-Chief, RedState - Host of The Erick Erickson Show
Alfred S. Regnery - Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
David Bozell - President, For America
Herman Cain - CEO and President. HermanCain.com - (ARRA News Service Author)
Hon. Sharron Angle - President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies (ARRA News Service Author)
Willes K. Lee - Executive Vice President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies (ARRA News Service Author)
Tim LeFever - Chairman, Capitol Resource Institute
Jason Jones - President, Movie to Movement
Lee A. Beaman - Chief Executive Officet, Beaman Automotive
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop - Chairman, Conservative Action Project (CAP) - Former White House Advisor, President Ronald Reagan
Ed Corrigan - Former Executive Director, Senate Steering Committee
Herman Pirchner, Jr. - President, American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)
Hon. Bob McEwen - Executive Director, Council for National Policy - Former U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio)
L. Brent Bozell, III - Chairman, Media Research Center
Diana L. Banister - Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
Hon. James C. Miller III - Former OMB Director President Ronald Reagan
Bob Adams - President, Revive America PAC
Seton Motley - President. Less Government - (ARRA News Service Author)
Neil Patel - Co-founder and Publisher, The Daily Caller
C. Preston Noell III - President, Tradition, Family, Property
Kevin Freeman - Founder, NSIC Institute
Andrea S. Lafferty - President, Traditional Values Coalition - (ARRA News Service Author)
Morton C. Blackwell - Chairman, The Weyrich Lunch - (ARRA News Service Author)
Hon. Jerry Melvin - President, Florida Republican Assembly
Ron Robinson - President, Young America’s Foundation
Robert D. Thompson - Administrator, The Weyrich Lunch
Gary A. Marx - Senior Partner, Madison Strategies
Ron Pearson - Executive Director, Conservative Victory Fund
Dee Hodges - President, Maryland Taxpayers Association
Richard Manning - President, Americans for Limited Government - (ARRA News Service Author)
Michael R. Long - State Chairman, New York State Conservative Party
Kevin Kookogey - President and Founder, The Advancing Church
Bradley Mattes - President, Life Issues Institute
Tricia Erickson - President, Angel Pictures & Publicity & Publisher: TheConservativePundit.net
Susan W. Gore - President, Wyoming Liberty Group
Russell J. Ramsland, Jr. - Candidate for U.S. House District 32 – Texas
Hon. Somers H. White - Former Arizona State Senator
Dan Weber - President, Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC)
Mike Spence - President, Conservative Republicans of California
Ambassador Henry F. Cooper - Former SDI Director & Former Chief Defense and Space Negotiator
Jim Simpson - Author: The Red Green Axis: Refugees, Immigration and the Agenda to Erase America
Judson Phillips - Founder, Tea Party Nation. TPN Networks & TeaPartyNation.com
Tim Wildmon - President, American Family Association
Mat Staver, Esq.
Charles J. Cooper - Cooper & Kirk, PLLC
Hon. Mike Hill - Florida State Representative District 2
Peter Hoekstra - Shillman Senior Fellow. Investigative Project on Terrorism & Former Chairman, House Intelligence Committee
Andresen Blom - Executive Director. Grassroot Hawaii Action
Elaine Donnelly - President, Center for Military Readiness
Allen Roth - President, Secure America Now - (ARRA News Service Author)
Col. Francis X. De Luca USMCR (Ret) - President, Civitas Institute
Thomas P. Kilgannon - President, Freedom Alliance
Robert K. Fischer -Meeting Coordinator for Conservatives of Faith
Melissa Ortiz - Founder & Principal, Able Americans
Jim Backlin - Christian Coalition of America
Donna Hearne - Chief Executive Officer, The Constitutional Coalition
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