US intelligence: Islamic State fighters pose as Syrian refugees to enter Europe, Jerusalem Post, October 5, 2014It is rather ironic that American intelligence is blowing the whistle on the national security dangers arising from crowds of refugees: last February the administration decreed relaxed standards to allow more Syrian refugees into the United States.
BERLIN — Islamic State combatants disguised as Syrian refugees fleeing the war-torn country want to enter Europe to launch terrorist attacks.
The German mass circulation Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday that the “Americans succeeded in decoding locked communications of the ISIS leadership.”
The information from monitored ISIS conversations, also known as Islamic State, revealed that the terrorists cannot use airports on their way to Europe because of the strict control. Government officials confirmed the Bild am Sonntag report.
An official for Germany’s Interior Ministry told the paper that Germany stands in the “focus of jihadist terrorism,” but there is no indication at this time of any concrete attacks.
The Bild am Sonntag wrote,”In view of the chaotic conditions on the Syria-Turkey border, it is nearly impossible to catch ISIS-terrorists in the wave of refugees.” [. . .]
The US government does not have a good record in detecting bad guys among the thousands of diverse foreigners awaiting a first-world home. Two active jihadists were found in Tennessee after they had been resettled there as Iraqi refugees and are now serving long prison sentences. Their discovery inspired a lengthy and expensive do-over by authorities: Terrorist Refugees Prompt Rescreening.
Below, a Syrian refugee camp.
Another factor to consider is the vast majority of refugees on earth are persons who have been displaced from their homes by Islamic trouble making: World Refugee Day: Jihad on the March.
Now that the calendar reads October, we are in Fiscal Year 2015 and that means a new batch of unfriendly, assimilation-resistant refugees can enter the US despite the fact that there are no jobs for them and they present a national security threat.
U.S. to greatly expand resettlement for Syrian refugees, Washington Post, September 30
The Obama administration will greatly increase the number of Syrian refugees approved for permanent resettlement in the United States next year but has opted against a separate refugee program to serve victims of that intractable civil war, administration officials said Tuesday.
The State Department is reviewing more than 4,000 applications from Syrian refugees seeking permanent homes in the United States next year or beyond, up from dozens considered for resettlement this year and last, officials said. The expansion reflects determinations by the United Nations refugee agency and the United States that tens of thousands of refugees living outside Syria are unlikely to ever be able to return.
The White House said Tuesday that it has approved permanent resettlement for up to 70,000 refugees worldwide next year, the same figure as for fiscal 2014.
Up to 33,000 could be resettled from the Middle East and South Asia, including Syria. Although there is no set target for Syrian refugees, they are expected to form a far larger percentage of the total than ever before.
The State Department has received more than 4,000 referrals in recent months and is processing them, a State Department official said. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for attribution, said “large numbers” of Syrian refugees will begin to arrive in 2015.
The administration rejected appeals from some refugee advocates to carve out a specific allotment for Syrian refugees, however. Such programs have benefited victims of the wars in Vietnam and Iraq and many other conflicts.
That decision was made before the Obama administration decided to begin military operations inside Syria in August, reversing more than three years of policy against any U.S. intervention in the civil war.
Next year, Syrians seeking resettlement in the United States will benefit from the closure of a dedicated program for refugees from Bhutan that has brought tens of thousands of refugees to America over several years.
Because all the nations of the Middle East and South Asia are lumped together for purposes of refugee consideration, elimination of special consideration for the Bhutanese gives other applicants from the same region a better shot.
More importantly, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has expanded the number of Syrians it screens for resettlement anywhere, including the United States.
The UNHCR has said it sees no sign that the Syrian civil war will end soon enough to make a difference for hundreds of thousands of refugees living outside the country and that many will never be able to go home.
The overwhelming majority of refugees resettled in the United States are first identified as candidates by the UNHCR. The United States then does its own review. The UNHCR hopes to identify 50,000 for resettlement somewhere next year, and another 50,000 in 2016.
A notice called a presidential determination released Tuesday, the last day of the fiscal 2014, does not mention Syria specifically.
But officials said it would result in thousands of Syrian resettlements after years of double- or triple-digit numbers.
Most Syrian refugees considered candidates for U.S. residency have been living in refugee camps or elsewhere outside Syria for a year or much longer.
Some have experience working alongside Americans that makes them vulnerable to persecution by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and others are members of particular vulnerable groups, such as single or widowed women or gays and lesbians.