Obama uses his weekly address today to compare Syrian refugees to the Pilgrims.
“And I’ve been touched by the generosity of the Americans who’ve written me letters and emails in recent weeks, offering to open their homes to refugees fleeing the brutality of ISIL. …” he says. “Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims — men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families. What makes America America is that we offer that chance.”
What is ironic is that liberals of his ilk have for years slandered the Pilgrims as rapacious, land-stealing, disease-spreading invaders who murdered the peaceful natives and foisted on the survivors their religion of conquest and slavery.
Comparisons can be taken to their logical or illogical, as the case may be, conclusions, depending on your view of history.
Rep. Mark Amodei is not taking Obama’s chiding of those in Congress who are calling for a pause in the rush to bring Syrian refugees to America in stride, but is instead giving as well as he is getting.
While in the Philippines Obama angrily accused Republicans of being most “potent recruitment tool” for Islamic State.
“I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric coming out of here in the course of this debate,” Obama said.
“When candidates say we should not admit 3-year-old orphans, that’s political posturing,” Obama continued in his belittling tone. “When individuals say we should have religious tests, and only Christians, proven Christians, should be allowed, that’s offensive and contrary to American values.”
Amodei released the following statement:
“Americans are compassionate people, but it is not unreasonable to ask the Administration to take measures to ensure our compassion is not exploited. Protecting Americans is paramount and this is an obvious vulnerability. It is not xenophobic to say so and I resent the implication.
“With all due respect, when the President has regularly downplayed the threat of ISIS and Al Qaeda, only to be proven wrong time and again, what has he done to warrant the benefit of the doubt? Congress has the obligation to provide oversight and halt these plans until the necessary security precautions are in place.
“While it is not my preference to engage in political wordsmithing, frankly, given his comments over the past few days, it seems the President reserves greater disdain for his political opponents than he does those responsible for the deaths of thousands at home and abroad, the atrocities in Paris, beheadings, burnings, and the enslavement of women and minors. To suggest that Members of Congress and other American citizens who express concern over a legitimate threat are somehow a recruiting tool for ISIS is disgusting and about the least Presidential thing I’ve seen out of an already disappointing, JV Administration.”
JV Administration … nice touch.
Amodei and Nevada Rep. Joe Heck were among the signers of a letter to Obama on this topic.
Today’s lede Investor’s Business Daily editorial, explains why all the administration bluster about adequately vetting Syrian refugees being brought to this country by explaining who really is picking your future neighbors — the United Nations.
Syrian refugees off Greece (AP photo)
“In fact, Washington has no role in selecting the thousands of Syrian refugees coming to your hometown. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees is really behind the effort, and he’s referred an additional 5,000-plus Syrian nationals here,” the editorial states. “A new State Department report reveals that the U.S. already has accepted at least 15,000 Syrian refugee referrals from the UNHCR.”
And how are they being screened? Why, they are fingerprinted, but there is no fingerprint data in Syria against which to screen those fingerprints. The fingerprints from one of the Paris suicide bombers were matched to fingerprints taken when he came ashore in Greece, reportedly carrying a fake Syrian passport.
But Obama continues to mock those who suggest we go slow in importing potential future terrorists to our shore. “They’ve been playing on fear to score political points or to advance their campaigns and it’s irresponsible. It needs to stop because the world is watching,” Obama said.
Yes, the world is watching and determining just how vulnerable and gullible we really are.
Obama unilaterally ordered immigration to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees into this country this year.
Then White House spokesman Josh Earnest had the audcatity to claim:
“Refugees go through the most robust security process of anybody who’s contemplating travel to the United States. Refugees have to be screened by the National Counter Terrorism Center, by the F.B.I. Terrorist Screening Center. They go through databases that are maintained by D.H.S., the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. There is biographical and biometric information that is collected about these individuals.”
These are refugess. They are not carrying passports or visas or birth certificates or driver’s licenses.
They are from war-torn countries where records of criminal convictions or terrorist affiliations are nonexistent.
Federal agencies have admitted there is no way to vet such refugees.
“We don’t have it under control,” Michael Steinback, assistant director for the FBI told a congressional committee. “Absolutely, we’re doing the best we can. If I were to say that we had it under control, then I would say I know of every single individual traveling. I don’t. And I don’t know every person there and I don’t know everyone coming back. So it’s not even close to being under control.”
These are the same people who want to conduct background checks before any citizen may buy a gun for protection but will allow any mope who claims to be a refugee to come on over and start getting free stuff paid for by taxpayers, even if their intent is to kill those same taxpayers in repayment.