U.S. Considers Taking in Syrian Refugees

Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times, June 9, 2013

Two years into a civil war that shows no signs of ending, the Obama administration is considering resettling refugees who have fled Syria, part of an international effort that could bring thousands of Syrians to American cities and towns.

A resettlement plan under discussion in Washington and other capitals is aimed at relieving pressure on Middle Eastern countries straining to support 1.6 million refugees, as well as assisting hard-hit Syrian families.

The State Department is “ready to consider the idea,” an official from the department said, if the administration receives a formal request from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, which is the usual procedure.

The United States usually accepts about half the refugees that the U.N. agency proposes for resettlement. California has historically taken the largest share, but Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are also popular destinations.

U.N. refugee officials, diplomats and nongovernmental relief groups plan to discuss possible resettlement schemes at a high-level meeting this week in Geneva. Germany already has committed to taking 5,000 people.

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Homeland security officials require careful vetting of refugees, with multiple interviews and background checks before they are allowed to enter the country. Under normal circumstances, the screening process can take a year or longer.

U.S. officials are likely to be extra careful with Syrian refugees. As Islamic militants take a more prominent role in the rebel forces, officials worry about fighters with Al Qaeda ties trying to enter the country. Two resettled Iraqis were convicted of trying to send arms to Al Qaeda from their home in Bowling Green, Ky.

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Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, which have absorbed the bulk of the refugees, worry that a resettlement plan could actually widen the flood if Syrians see a chance for a better life in North America, Europe or Australia.

Jordan and Lebanon each have taken in about 500,000 refugees and Turkey has more than 375,000, according to the U.N. refugee agency. It predicts that the total number of refugees will double to 3.2 million by the end of the year.

Turkey already has demanded that the West take some its refugees, even proposing an airlift to fly them abroad. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has faced angry protests against his government for giving refuge to so many Syrians, declared last month, “We are the first victims of the Syrian situation.”

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  • Oil Can Harry

    After 9/11, the Boston Marathon and countless other terror attacks Obamarx wants to import hundreds of thousands of Muslim militants?

    This truly is the suicide of the West.

    • The__Bobster

      After 9/11, the number of muzzie immigrants actually increased.

      • Oil Can Harry

        And the Tsarnaev clan of Boston were among the post-9/11 rogue’s gallery who invaded us.

  • All the noise from those of you who voted Obama because you didn’t want another useless wasteful foreign war?

    Crickets.

    OTOH, Romney would have involved us in Syria, too.

    • The__Bobster

      They both serve the same masters.

  • Stentorian_Commentator

    “Homeland security officials require careful vetting of refugees, with multiple interviews and background checks before they are allowed to enter the country. Under normal circumstances, the screening process can take a year or longer.”
    Funniest line of the week so far.

    • The__Bobster

      http://www.vdare.com/posts/senator-rand-paul-urges-more-national-security-screening-of-refugees

      Last year, in Aurora, Colo., Jamshid Muhtorov was arrested and charged with providing material support to the Islamic Jihad Union, which the United States recognizes as a terrorist organization. Like Mr. Kurbanov, Mr. Muhtorov is from Uzbekistan and was also here legally as a refugee.

      In 2011, in my hometown of Bowling Green, Ky., Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were arrested and accused of supporting efforts to kill American troops in Iraq. Both men are from Iraq. Both were also here legally as refugees.

      The Bowling Green Daily News reported that these Iraqi refugees “slipped through the vetting process that allowed both of them political asylum in the United States.” Apparently, Mr. Kurbanov and Mr. Muhtorov “slipped through” as well.

      So did Ulugbek Kodirov, who was arrested in Birmingham, Ala., last year and sentenced to 15 years in prison for plotting to kill President Obama. Kodirov was from Uzbekistan and was in the country illegally on a student-visa overstay.

      • Bowling Green, Kentucky?

        That’s where Mr. “We’ll find a place for you” lives. Wouldn’t it be just rich if the Yankee government found a place for dozens and dozens of H-1B opthamologists in Bowling Green, Kentucky?

  • cecilhenry

    CAMP of the SAINTS??

    HELL NO.

    The problem is “AFrica for Africans, Asia for Asians, White Countries for EVERYONE!!

    THAT is the GENOCIDE.

    TREASON from within and parasitic opportunists from without.

    Both must be held to account.

  • Greg Thomas

    They cannot bring them in fast enough. When the obama regime is “considering” bringing in more third world non-Whites, it’s a done deal. There is no corner of this earth these people will not go in order to increase diversity. If it’s not amnesty for 33 million illegal invading mexicans, it’s an all out airlift of hostile, third world sand dwellers. I don’t recall signing up for this.

  • The United States usually accepts about half the refugees that the U.N. agency proposes for resettlement. California has historically taken the largest share, but Illinois, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are also popular destinations.
    .
    Popular destinations? He writes about it like it is a vacation. Oh wait, it’s even better than a vacation, they don’t have to pay for anything.
    .
    Homeland security officials require careful vetting of refugees, with multiple interviews and background checks before they are allowed to enter the country.

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    LMAO!

  • IstvanIN

    Why not send them back to Syria? Shouldn’t they be Syria problems?

  • 1XXX

    They can stay right where-the-fuck they are.

  • The__Bobster

    Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, which have absorbed the bulk of the refugees, worry that a resettlement plan could actually widen the flood if Syrians see a chance for a better life in North America, Europe or Australia.
    _____________

    Gee, the Syrians want to go to White, non-muzzie countries. Why do we owe them a better life, especially when it means a worse life for us?

  • RHG

    Of course, we don’t have enough Boston Bombers on the dole in America, we could use more. Btw, is there a problem with Turkey enjoying the benefits of “diversity”?

  • Greg Thomas

    Why doesn’t mexico open their arms and hearts to these “refugees.” If diversity is such a
    “blessing” and adds “strength” to a nation, what is the problem? Seems like mexico
    could use a big helping of “enrichment.”

  • Greg Thomas

    “Under normal circumstances, the screening process can take a year or longer.”

    However, of course, these are not “normal circumstances,” not when the chance to increase diversity is beckoning. Which means these hostile third worlders will be here within the next 120 days.

  • Dave4088

    Let’s see. The U.S. destabilizes non-white nations, then airlifts refugees from destabilized nations into the U.S. who in turn destabilize the U.S.

    Of course, the real reason for bringing them here has nothing to do with humanitarianism and everything to do with creating the fast growing army of Democrat voting welfare parasites.

  • OhWow

    More Muslims! More more more! Come one, come all! The US is up for grabs! Come on Mexicans…invade us! We are bent all the way over for you! We have an endless pool of goodies for you guys, all free of charge to you!

    This is what 3rd worlders see from America.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      We are going into a full multicultural mode. America will not be the monolithic society it once was. America will embrace multicultural transformation or the world will leave us behind in the dust. This transformation must take place.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      If the U.S. continues to ramp up its importation of Muslims, it will be interesting to see the inevitable clash between them and the Catholic Hispanics. Violence will run unchecked through the streets as whites become an even smaller fraction of the total population, and we will be well on our way to becoming a 2nd world country.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    Homeland security officials require careful vetting of refugees, with multiple interviews and background checks before they are allowed to enter the country.

    It is impossible to run a background check on people from countries that do not keep thorough arrest records. Many African and Arab nations do not, as they are rife with corruption and do not have enough tax revenue to support a decent police force.

    How can we possibly run a careful background check on a person who:
    A: May not have a birth certificate
    B: May be going by many different names
    and
    C: Has been moving around a lot as a refugee

    It’s not possible.

  • Homeland security officials require careful vetting of refugees, with multiple interviews and background checks before they are allowed to enter the country. Under normal circumstances, the screening process can take a year or longer.

    How do you do background checks on such people? Search NCIC? I doubt Syria participates in Interpol, and I also doubt their internal recordkeeping is much good.

    We’ll be letting in future Tsarnaevs, sure as shootin’.

  • Keep Honkin I’m Reloading

    No mention of importing the Coptic Christians these muzzie animals have been ruthlessly attacking and slaughtering since Obama’s ‘arab spring” began.

    You White’s in South Africa are apparently on your own as well.

  • Greg Thomas

    We shouldn’t have to choose the lesser of two evils.

  • TonyWestfield

    How do you run a background check on Ali Mohammed (or Muhammad)?
    How do you run a background check on Carlos Perez?

    Even if a thousand other Americans have the same name as me (they don’t), any authority could do a background check and interview hundreds of people who know me in an innumerable variety of associations, and each of these persons who vouch for me (or blast me) can be vetted in turn by hundreds of others — all of whom have birth certificate, Social Security number, bank accounts, school, employment, voting history, etc., etc.

    Elsewhere on this thread, commenters have spelled out the sad litany of foreigners who turned out to be bad apples despite the customary background check. And let’s not beg the question: Lots of foreign creatures have a clean personal history but turn bad AFTER arriving in the land of milk and honey. These are the worst rats of all, lousy ingrates!

    If I’m out on the open water in a nice big boat, with my wife and children, and also with a smattering of friends and relatives with their own children…and we encounter a raft overloaded and about to sink, and we get close enough to see that the creatures on that raft have open sores and tuberculin coughs spewing blood…the moral thing to do is to let the wretched creatures fend for themselves. Invite them on board to infect my family and friends? Perfect analogy for foreign creatures whose fetid culture infects America: If somebody is going to suffer and even die, let it be them, not us.

  • David Ashton

    Instead of threatening to pour arms in to stoke the civil war against Assad, why not provide better DP camps in neighboring states until the conflict has settled down and families can return? Western racial masochism is a sign of political insanity. You simply move potential conflict from another area to your own. Cui bono?

  • gemjunior

    If there are any white people left in any white countries who are still under the impression that this is just ‘happening’ , they must be a real stump. This is all very deliberate. White people have been conditioned to the point that when they’re shown very obvious evidence to destroy them – they call it ‘beelieving in a conspiracy theory’. The white people I know simply can’t believe that anybody is evil, especially poor persecuted negros and Jews. The journalists and newsmedia owners would never dream of lying and manipulating us into letting ourselves be killed off. And of course there’s no possibility of rich powerful men getting together and having a plan for the rest of us that might not be totally sweet and adorable. How much more obvious does it have to be? It’s getting embarrassing, as if we’re being publicly mocked and just standing there, allowing it. Oh, wait…..

  • WR_the_realist

    Send the refugees to Somalia. The West has taken so many Somalian refugees that there must be plenty of empty slots in that country. And let’s face it, Somalia is about the only country on earth that would be improved by a massive influx of warring Syrians.

  • Paleoconn

    Murderous fanatics armed by Israel and waterboy USA, and who want to destroy Alawites and Christians, versus Assad = civil war to these neocon lunatics.

    Invade the world, invite the world. I wonder when Israel will raise their hand to find a home for these refugees.

  • Guy_in_Kingston

    Are you still not convinced the Government is against you? Now their importing terrorists. The war on terror is now the terrorist import program.

  • Guy_in_Kingston

    Why would those Countries want terrorists?