Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval got around Monday evening to sending a letter to President Obama politely asking him to please not send any Syrian refugees to Nevada until it has reviewed the vetting process — joining more than half of all American governors in saying Syrian refugees are not welcome in their states.
The main problem with Sandoval’s request is that there is no vetting process that will work. There are no records to vet.
“I am writing today to request that you direct a comprehensive review of the refugee eligibility, security oversight, and resettlement process in our nation,” Sandoval writes. “My staff has reviewed current guidelines form the U.S. State Department but I am encouraging you to make a further review and consider necessary refinements to these policies and practices given the recent tragedy in France. I am specifically concerned about background checks performed for Syrian refugees sent to Nevada for resettlement, and I would appreciate further guidance on the benefits eligibility of such persons while they reside here.”
He apparently doesn’t want to put any terrorists on the dole.
Sandoval concludes by asking that no Syrian refugees be admitted for resettlement in Nevada until the requested review is completed.
After the backlash since the Paris attack that killed about 130, Obama has doubled down and called those who oppose his plan unAmerican.
But last month FBI director James Comey said at a House Committee on Homeland Security, “We can only query against that which we have collected. 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.”
Obama instead lashed out at GOP presidential candidates who questioned bringing in refugees that might include jihadists. “When some of those folks themselves come from families who benefitted from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful,” Obama said. “That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion.”
Investor’s Business Daily notes that we’ve already failed to catch some would-be terrorists who did have records.
“In 2011 two Iraqi refugees were arrested for trying to buy stinger missiles for al-Qaida. “It turned out that their fingerprints matched those linked to roadside bombs in Iraq,” the newspaper said. “It was a major red flag that should have barred their entry, but U.S. screeners failed to take note. And the terrorists slipped into the U.S.”
ISIS claims it has sent out 4,000 “warriors” among the 4 million Syrian refugees.
Compassion is one thing. Foolish risk taking with American lives is not acceptable.
Of course the governors have no authority whatsoever to stop Obama from doing whatever he wants, but, since he is always concerned about legacy and politics, he might pause and consider how this will affect Democrat candidates.
Earlier, Sen. Dean Heller wrote to Sandoval saying:
While I recognize the merits of assisting refugees during a time of crisis, I also need assurances that the safety of Nevadans will not be compromised as a result of accepting refugees. Unfortunately, at this time, there are too many unanswered questions about the effectiveness of this program and ultimately the number of Syrian refugees who may have come to our state after being resettled elsewhere in the U.S. Until my questions have been sufficiently answered by DHS and the State Department and I believe that this program no longer presents a threat to Nevadans, I encourage you to reject any further acceptance of Syrian refugees in the State of Nevada. The safety of Nevadans should be our top priority, and the Administration must prove to Congress and the American public that the USRAP process is working in Nevadans’ best interests before committing to bringing in additional Syrian refugees.