By Joe Guzzardi
January 9, 2015
The recent terrorist attacks in Sydney and Paris should serve as an immediate wake up call to nations whose refugee policies, implemented in the name of humanity, have instead contributed to murder and mayhem. Leaders across the globe are engaged in politically correct double talk while citizens brace for the next tragedy.
In December, Iranian-born gunman Man Haron Monis held 17 Australians hostage for 16 hours before police killed him. Two innocent bystanders also lost their lives. The Islamic press praised Monis, in Australia as a refugee seeking political asylum, and encouraged similar attacks against civilians to be carried out by local Muslim radicals.
This week, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, French-born citizens, murdered 12 Charlie Hebdo journalists. Kouachis’ parents came to France as immigrants from Algeria, an al-Qa’ida hotbed. In a separate terrorism incident, a female police officer died when shot by man wearing a bullet-proof vest. In response to the two attacks, hundreds of French military are roaming Paris’ streets giving it the appearance of a war-torn country under siege. During their Friday raid, police killed the brothers.
The flurry of worldwide attacks against the West has put Americans on edge; a Pew Research poll found that 75 percent anticipate “occasional” terrorism acts within the U.S. “as part of their future lives.”
Nevertheless, President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and others in the White House refuse adopt sensible refugee policies that would guard Americans against violence rather than put them at harm. While ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, vows to infiltrate the U.S. and kill Americans, the State Department is moving to admit 9,000 Syrian refugees. According to the State Department, the United Nations selected 9,000 refugees for resettlement this year into U.S. communities. Last year 20,000 Iraqis were admitted among the annual 75,000 refugee total that also included nationals from Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia.
The incoming Syrian population could even be higher than the predicted 9,000. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration Ann Richards said that each month, State receives 1,000-1,500 referrals. Last year the U.S. took in a total of 350 Syrians.
The decision to admit Syrians is particularly bewildering since U.S. intelligence tipped off Germany that many Syrian ISIS combatants disguise themselves as refugees to gain access. Richards admitted that administering valid background checks on the Syrians would be “tricky.”
Despite alarm bells sounded in Australia and France, the White House ignores the growing risks in its open border, see no evil immigration policies. Based on an analysis of Census Bureau data from 2010 through 2014, the Center for Immigration Studies found that immigration increased by three percent during the last three years to reach a record 41.3 million and included 300,000 from Muslim countries. National security concerns should have been but were not raised.
The immediate peril to Americans is that terrorists can take advantage of lax immigration enforcement to perpetrate their crimes. 9/11 terrorists used the flawed U.S. immigration system to carry out their World Trade Center attacks. They obtained valid tourist, student, business and guest worker visas to legally enter the U.S.
While terrorism is the greatest threat unchecked refugee resettlement represents, the overall policy should be immediately reviewed. Refugees are granted permanent legal status, entitled to federal benefits, given work permits, and through chain migration can eventually petition their relatives to come to America, thus increasing the nation’s population and putting additional strain on the country’s social services.
The time is long overdue for the Obama to wake up to the tragic realities on the ground, and as he took an oath to do, “preserve and protect” the American nation.
Joe Guzzardi is a Californians for Population Stabilization Senior Writing Fellow. Contact him at [email protected]