There’s this FaceBook meme going around today and it is one that is easily shot dead in the doorway although I have already seen reports of a few congress-critters using this as if it is a fact.
The first nail in this meme’s coffin that comes immediately to the mind of this Boston suburb dweller is this one:
…..”The suspects were then identified as two brothers whose family had immigrated to the United States as refugees around 2002: 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev”
For those that might not remember the names, these are the two Boston Marathon bombers.
But the question remains; should we take in a large group of people who pose a risk to our safety while there exist far better alternatives.
I submit that we should not.
Whereas ISIS has claimed to have infiltrated the refugee flow;
(“The Syrian operative claimed more than 4,000 covert ISIS gunmen had been smuggled into western nations – hidden amongst innocent refugees.”)
Whereas so far the Syrian Refugees in U.S. include 2,098 Muslims, 53 Christians;(Apparently the ravages of war disproportionally affect Muslims)
Whereas there exist far better alternatives such as the Saudi tent city that lies mostly vacant or any number of other middle eastern countries that would pose far less culture shock on these refugees with their common language, customs, religion and climate;(“Saudi Arabia, for example, has a city of 100,000 air-conditioned tents standing empty, with capacity to hold 3 million people. The 20 square km tent city of Mina is used for five days each year by Hajj pilgrims, and deserted for the rest of the time,” reports the TeleSUR news network. “The neatly arranged campsite is made up of eight-by-eight meter fire-proof tents, with kitchen and bathroom facilities.”)
Whereas there have been many cases of refugees arrested on terrorism charges, just a few examples below;
(A Muslim refugee couple from Bosnia, along with their five relatives living in Missouri, Illinois and New York, were charged in February 2015 with sending money and supplies, and smuggled arms, to ISIS and other terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq.)
(A Muslim immigrant from Yemen, who applied for and received U.S. citizenship, along with six other men living in Minnesota as members of refugee families, were charged in April 2015 with conspiracy to travel to Syria and to provide material support to ISIS.)
(A Somali refugee with lawful permanent resident status, along with four other Somali nationals, were charged July 23, 2014, with leading an al-Shabaab terrorist fundraising conspiracy in the United States, with monthly payments directed to the Somali terrorist organization.)
(Six Members of Minnesota’s Somali-American refugee community have recently been charged with trying to join ISIS.”)
(An Uzbek refugee living in Boise, Idaho, was arrested in 2013 and charged with providing support to a terrorist organization, in the form of teaching terror recruits how to build bombs to blow up U.S. military installations. He was convicted in August 2015.)
(A college student who came to America as a refugee from Somalia, who later applied for and received U.S. citizenship, attempted to blow up a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Oregon. He was sentenced in October 2014 to 30 years in prison.)
Whereas the vast majority of the Syrian refugees are single military-age males;
(United Nations says 72% of Syrian “refugees” are MEN, only 13% are children)
Whereas Muslim countries refuse to take a single refugee citing terrorism risks;
(Five of the wealthiest Muslim countries have taken no Syrian refugees in at all, arguing that doing so would open them up to the risk of terrorism.)
Whereas the vetting process is inherently flawed by lack of records and ID’s;
(FBI Assistant Director Michael Steinbach told Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) that he was “concerned” about refugees coming to the United States, saying the agency would have to be “very careful” in their vetting process. Rep. McCaul, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security himself, said there were “gaping holes” in the vetting process.)
Whereas the FBI already has 1000 open cases investigating ISIS in the US;
(The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has nearly 1,000 active probes involving the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) inside the United States, dozens of law enforcement officials disclose in a letter to President Obama.)
Therefore it seems to me that this is a very bad idea.