WTF Obama administration fails to screen Syrian refugees’ social media accounts

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  1. RenchFries

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    The Obama administration isn’t vetting the social media profiles of all Syrian refugees despite promises made last year after the San Bernardino terrorist attack, which exposed holes in the U.S. immigration screening process.

    Concerns over refugee screening spurred Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, on Tuesday to cancel his state’s cooperation with federal authorities trying to resettle Syrians.
    It was another blow to theadministration’s attempts to reach President Obama’s goal of accepting 10,000 Syrians this fiscal year.

    With a little more than five months left in the fiscal year, the government is 8,370 refugees short of its goal. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill say they fear the administration will reduce screening even more to speed up the process. To meet the president’s target, immigration officials would have to approve about 75 applications every workday for the rest of the fiscal year — nearly seven times the average so far.


    “What is far more important than the arbitrary number of 10,000 is whether these refugees can be properly screened. If the answer is no, which is obviously the case given testimony by the FBI director and homeland security secretary, then we should not let a single one into the country,” said Rep. Vern Buchanan, Florida Republican.

    Mr. Buchanan is sponsoring legislation that would force the Homeland Security Department to review social media accounts of anyone seeking entry to the U.S.

    His bill has the backing of Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.


    The social media problem burst into view last year after one of the attackers in the San Bernardino, California, terrorist massacre was found to be an immigrant who had posted online of her desire to wage jihad. It turned out she had posted privately, not publicly, but theadministration acknowledged that it should be screening social media messages.

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez said in February that theadministration was increasing its monitoring, including screening social media accounts of those applying as refugees from Syria.

    Mr. Brownback became the latest to say he would cancel his state’s resettlement agreement.

    “As governor, I must have confidence that the refugee relocation program, and particularly the vetting process, is sufficient to protect our citizens. If I have to choose between the safety and security of Kansans and the relocation of refugees, I will take action to protect Kansans,” he said.

    He said he met last week with officials from the State and Homeland Security departments and they were unable to convince him that screening was thorough enough to weed out security risks. He said he waited five months for answers and ran out of patience.

    Ending state cooperation can hinder federal efforts, but it won’t stop private groups from working with the government to bring refugees to Kansas, said Jennifer Sime, senior vice president of U.S. programs at the International Rescue Committee.

    Gov. Brownback’s decision to end Kansas’ involvement in resettling refugees is completely out of touch with local communities’ overwhelming support and embrace of refugees,” she said. “This is especially disappointing and contradictory given his support of the program during his tenure in the Senate.”

    For now, the Obama administrationremains committed to its goal of 10,000 Syrian refugees and an overall target of 85,000 refugees from around the globe.

    “The U.S. has established several new initiatives to increase processing capacity, including new processing centers, increased staffing, and a new pathway for certain Syrians with relatives in the United States to apply for refugee resettlement,” said Katherine Pfaff, a spokeswoman for the State Department.

    The U.S. has taken in more than 3,500 refugees since the beginning of 2010, and the State Department says it’s a “myth” that they pose dangers to the communities where they are resettled. “None have been arrested or removed on terrorism charges,” the department says.

    However, a man was charged this year with terrorism-related crimes. The FBI said Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, a Palestinian born in Iraq who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Syria, lied to immigration agents about his attempts to join terrorists operating in Syria.

    The FBI cited evidence it obtained from his social media accounts after using a search warrant. Investigators said Mr. Al-Jayab lied to protect his refugee status.

    The Obama administration said Mr. Al-Jayab doesn’t count against the Syrian refugee program because he is considered an Iraqi refugee, even though he was in Syria at the time he was granted refugee status.
     
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    Well, they did a bang up job with that bitch who shot all those people in California. Keep up the good work!
     
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    Fail to screen??? This is what he wants. He is bringing these people over here at the expense of taxpayers, and will do nothing to protect the Citizens.
     
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    Exactly, it wasn't a failure, it's an outright refusal. His goal is to get as many here as possible to cause as much chaos and death as possible.
     
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    Report: U.N. Pressing for ‘Alternative’ Ways to Admit More Syrian Refugees to U.S.
    by Caroline May
    25 Apr 2016

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    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is considering “alternative” ways to admit more Syrian refugees to the United States, beyond the current refugee resettlement program, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

    “The legitimacy and transparency of these new ‘alternative pathways,’ aimed at admitting increasing numbers of Syrian refugees into the United States without calling them ‘refugees,’ remain to be seen,” CIS senior researcher Nayla Rush wrote in a report Monday. “They might even amount to convenient admissions detours at a time when the U.S. refugee resettlement program is under tight scrutiny.”

    According to Rush, facing a target to resettle 480,000 Syrian refugees over the next three years, U.N. representatives have already been laying the rhetorical groundwork for pursuing such alternatives to resettlement. During a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution in February, Rush detailed, Beth Ferris, Research Professor at Georgetown University and adviser to the United Nations Secretary General on humanitarian refugee policy noted the possibility of alternative paths.

    Refugees and government officials are expecting this crisis to last 10 or 15 years. It’s time that we no longer work as business as usual … UNHCR next month [March 2016] is convening a meeting to look at what are being called “alternative safe pathways” for Syrian refugees. Maybe it’s hard for the U.S. to go from 2,000 to 200,000 refugees resettled in a year, but maybe there are ways we can ask our universities to offer scholarships to Syrian students. Maybe we can tweak some of our immigration policies to enable Syrian-Americans who have lived here to bring not only their kids and spouses but their uncles and their grandmothers. There may be ways that we could encourage Syrians to come to the U.S. without going through this laborious, time-consuming process of refugee resettlement.” (Emphasis Rush’s).

    At the UNHCR March “high level” meeting in Geneva, Rush detailed, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called for “alternative avenues” for countries to admit more Syrian refugees.

    These pathways can take many forms: not only resettlement, but also more flexible mechanisms for family reunification, including extended family members, labour mobility schemes, student visa and scholarships, as well as visa for medical reasons. Resettlement needs vastly outstrip the places that have been made available so far… But humanitarian and student visa, job permits and family reunification would represent safe avenues of admission for many other refugees as well.

    According to Rush, Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, attended the Geneva meeting along with representatives from 92 countries. The U.S. has pledged to admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year, despite concerns voiced by top national security officials and Republicans that the vetting process is not sufficient enough to weed out possible terrorist threats.

    As Rush noted, after the meeting, in addition to reiterating its resettlement goals, the Obama administration made additional promises.

    “The United States pledged an additional $10 million to UNHCR to strengthen its efforts to identify and refer vulnerable refugees, including Syrians, for resettlement.”

    The United States joins UNHCR in calling for new ways nations, civil society, the private sector, and individuals can together address the global refugee challenge.”

    “Additionally, the United States has created a program to allow U.S. citizens and permanent residents to file refugee applications for their Syrian family member.” [Emphasis Rush’s]

    Read the full report.
     
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    You could have ended the title after "fails".
     
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    I think Trump was right on yesterday talking about realigning NATO to a new mission of addressing terrorism and the refuge crisis.
     
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    I think we get it (unfortunately). This is all on obama, and what happens when people vote for someone on style instead of substance.
     
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    Can we just get rid of the UN already?
     
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    I guess if the buck stops in the front office, then you have to blame Obama for Homeland Security's incompetence, but just so we make this perfectly clear, that agency has been incompetent since day 1. Not defending the president, but the title of the thread is a little specious to me.
     
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    Vote Trump.

    We must prevent Obongo and the insane left's death wish.

    If it was just them who would end up suffering, it would be fine, but we and our children have to share the country with these maniacs.
     
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    So now the President has to sit on Twitter all day? :jj: