President Obama has delivered on his promise to speed up the 18 month vetting process for Syrian refugees and whittled down that period to 3 months. This week, the 10,000th Syrian refugee has resettled in the United States.
Obama is also on course to meet his goal of bringing in an additional 85,000 refugees from around the world by September.
When it comes to Syrian refugees, Obama has largely ignored demands from more than half of the US Governors to not include their states in his resettlement plans.
Despite FBI Director Peter Comey’s statement that Syrian refugees could not be properly vetted, the Administration assures us that all the Syrian refugees have been.
FBI director James Comey said during a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on October 20, 2015, 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 assured us have been vetted.
“We can only query against that which we have collected,” Comey said in response to a line of questioning from Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson.
“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.”
About 60 percent of the 10,000 Syrian refugees admitted so far this fiscal year were under the age of 18, according to the State Department.
“On behalf of the president and his administration, I extend the warmest of welcomes to each and every one of our Syrian arrivals, as well as the many other refugees resettled this year from all over the world,” Rice said Monday.
Two of the Syrian refugee families coming to the U.S. this week will live in San Diego through the International Rescue Committee, one of the agencies that handle resettlement.
David Miliband International Rescue Committee’s president and CEO, said in a statement that the White House should consider the 10,000 mark “a floor and not a ceiling.”
Here’s how the refugees have been distributed among states:
New York: 538
North Carolina: 450
The Obama administration started out slowly with the Syrian refugee program, but in April announced it would slice the vetting period from at least 18 months down to three months, which led to a “surge” of refugees from the war-torn country. They have arrived at a rate of nearly 400 a week since May.
More than 98 percent of Syrian refugees who have entered the U.S. since last October have been Muslim, and the vast majority of those have been Sunni Muslim, the same sect as the Islamic State, al-Qaida, Boko Haram, al-Nusra Front, al-Shabab, Hamas and many other terrorist groups. The Islamist regime leading Turkey into the grips of Shariah law is also Sunni.
And the Syrians make up only about a quarter of all refugees coming to the U.S. from jihadist-infested areas around the globe. The Obama administration is bringing in a total of 85,000 refugees from all countries in fiscal 2016. About half of the 85,000 will be Muslim, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.