Thousands of Syrians Will Be Resettled in American Communities
June 19, 2013, 02:10 PM
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It isn’t enough for Obama and his amnesty cronies in the Gang of Eight to endanger public safety and flood the jobs market with millions of excess workers, the President has also decided to admit thousands of Syrian refugees, potentially putting national security at risk.

The decision is not a complete surprise. A big hint was dropped a week ago that thousands of Syrians would be permitted entrance.

U.S. considers taking in Syrian refugees, Los Angeles Times, June 9, 2013

WASHINGTON — Two years into a civil war that shows no signs of ending, the Obama administration is considering resettling refugees who have fled Syria, part of an international effort that could bring thousands of Syrians to American cities and towns. [. . .]

Homeland security officials require careful vetting of refugees, with multiple interviews and background checks before they are allowed to enter the country. Under normal circumstances, the screening process can take a year or longer. [. . .]

A few years ago, thousands of Iraqi refugees had been admitted on a do-gooder whim, with little investigation. After a couple were found to be jihadist enemies of America (later tried and imprisoned), the 58,000 Iraqi refugees residing in the United States had to be rescreened.

Now the government intends to make the same dangerous mistake again with more Muslims who have no reason to accept western values. Many of the Syrian insurgents are Al Qaeda affiliated. How does this policy not imperil the American people?

Obama allows more Syrian refugees to settle in US, The Hill, June 17, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security on Monday issued new regulations that will allow more Syrian refugees to temporarily settle in the United States.

The department estimates that about 9,000 people will be eligible to come to America under the 18-month extension to March 2015 of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians. Another 2,600 or so Syrians already here will be able to apply to renew their status. The Obama administration first gave TPS designation to Syrian citizens and residents last year, and the status was set to expire on Sept. 30.

“The extension of the current Syria TPS designation and re-designation is due to the continued disruption of living conditions in the country that are a result of the extraordinary and temporary conditions that led to the initial TPS designation of Syria in 2012,” the Homeland Security Department said. “The extension is based on ongoing armed conflict in that region and the continued deterioration of country conditions.”

TPS status is a temporary status that allows people to work and travel in the United States.

The extension comes as the Obama administration is facing increased pressure to do more to help the Syrians affected by the civil war in their country, including by resettling some of them in the United States.

The conflict has seen some 1.5 million refugees leave Syria over the past two years, creating great strain on U.S. allies, such as Jordan and Turkey. A United Nations report last week said that the number of dead in Syria’s civil war was nearing 100,000.

Last week, the administration announced that they would provide military assistance to rebel forces seeking the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Many lawmakers, though, fear the actions are coming too late with Assad’s forces racking up a number of battlefield wins.