Though the United States has traditionally allowed more refugees than any other nation, the responsibility of the U.S. government is – first and foremost – to its citizenry.
Allowing vast numbers of refugees from failed states such as Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Afghanistan will place our nation at risk. It will threaten the safety of our citizens, as well as the sustainability of our already fragile physical and financial infrastructure.
It is not difficult to see how the tens of thousands of refugees who have entered Europe and other western countries recently are having a devastating impact in their host nations. Areas holding these refugees have seen an increase in rape, theft, gang activity, intimidation, and organized crime. Media in Europe have reported that thousands of the refugees have disappeared – and are unaccounted for. Terror groups such as the Islamic State publicly announce how they are using refugees as cover to infiltrate the West.
Here in the U.S., the broken and outdated Refugee Resettlement Program is a direct national security threat.
Refugee arrivals by state from October 1, 2015 through April 30, 2016:
Top U.S. law enforcement and security officials have cautioned the U.S. Congress on the terror risks linked to the Syrian refugees. They have acknowledged that background checks are not flawless, and that “there is no risk-free process” to vet these individuals.
The refugee-generated chaos overseas is but a foreshadowing of what will take place in our nation, if our government does not address these dangers and protect its citizens. There must be a halt to the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program, unless and until all incoming refugees can be fully and accurately vetted.
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