For the past couple of weeks, liberal news organizations have been repeating the same false claim about America’s refugee program. The claim is that since 9/11, nearly a million refugees have been resettled in the country. Of those, exactly zero have been brought up on charges of terrorism. Therefore, they say, the Republican effort to block Syrian refugees is based on nothing more than unfounded hysteria.
The truth is that we have seen multiple incidents of refugees and asylum-seekers being charged with terrorism. Two Iraqis in Kentucky were charged with attacking U.S. soldiers with IEDs and plotting other terrorist attacks. A refugee from Uzbekistan was convicted of stockpiling explosives and supporting organized terrorism. The Boston Marathon bombers themselves were only here because they were granted political asylum. They showed their gratitude by killing three people and injuring more than 200 others.
In a statement made to Fox News, the State Department said, “Of the three million refugees we have admitted to the United States since 1975, including nearly 785,000 refugees admitted to the U.S. since the events of 9/11, approximately a dozen — a tiny fraction of one percent — have either been arrested or removed from the United States due to security concerns that existed prior to their resettlement in the U.S.”
Okay, well at least we’re now dealing in truth rather than wishful thinking. But that doesn’t change the fact that it only takes one bad apple to do an unthinkable amount of damage.
Nor does it change the fact that we have almost no helpful information about the 10,000 Syrians Obama wants to relocate in our communities. With these other refugees, we had the benefit of background checks. When it comes to Syria, we simply don’t have the resources. We’re taking a huge gamble, and it is utterly disingenuous for this administration to pretend otherwise.
If we want to have a real debate on this issue, we need to make sure we’re all using the same facts. The real facts. Not the ones Obama has carefully conceived to get what he wants. Not the ones where we pretend like we’re only talking about “widows and orphans.” Not the ones where we pretend the refugee program is infallible.
And especially not the ones where we don’t recognize that things have changed. The Islamic State is a terrorist organization unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. This is not Al Qaeda. This is a group of lunatics who want to bring about the end of the world. They are an army. They are a government, for Christ’s sake! They aren’t hiding out in the caves of Afghanistan; they’re selling black market oil to the tune of millions of dollars a day. And we think they’re not capable of infiltrating the Syrian refugee program?
Even if ISIS terrorists get through and even if they launch the worst terrorist attack in American history, chances are good that they won’t kill anyone you know. So that makes it awfully easy to “take the high road.” Maybe if more Democrats would proceed with the assumption that the next attack will kill the people they love most, they would be a bit more cautious about our national security.