Obama Presses Harder for Resettlement, Turns Deaf Ear to Security Experts

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By Joe Guzzardi

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November 23, 2015

President Obama traveled to Malaysia where he obstinately pressed for his unpopular refugee invite-the-world vision that the House voted to tighten up with additional screening measures.
 
Mind you, the House bill didn’t block future refugees but merely added tighter security procedures that terrorism experts insist are necessary. No matter, Obama wants what Obama wants, American safety be damned.
 
At a Kuala Lumpur learning center with many young refugees present, Obama said that the children “represent the opposite of terror, the opposite of the type of despicable violence we saw in Mali and Paris,” and that the United States will continue to be a migrant haven “as long as I am president.” Obama had harsh, familiar words for his critics: racist, un-American and wrong.
 
Okay, sure, maybe those ethnic Muslim Rohingyan kids who, according to Obama, are “just like our kids” may not be terrorists or even budding terrorists. But Obama purposely misses the point: overwhelmingly, Americans do not feel safe on his watch, and security is more important than maintaining a fraud-ridden refugee policy that could end up in an ISIS, or ISIL as Obama prefers to call it, attack on the homeland.
 
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 83 percent of registered voters think that a terrorist attack that could result in heavy casualties is likely. Another poll taken by Fox News showed that 56 percent of Americans think it’s “very” likely that Islamic terrorists will strike the U.S. soon.
 
And Americans have good reason to be fearful. In June, the Department of Homeland Security’s Investigator General’s office found that the Transportation Safety Administration had 73 aviation workers who were on the U.S. terrorist watch list. According to the report, TSA’s employee lists, which consist of thousands of records, “contained potentially incomplete or inaccurate data.” The DHS Consolidated Terrorist Watch List was also incomplete because “[TSA] is not authorized to receive all terrorism-related categories under current interagency watch listing policy.”

TSA agents
Terrorists may be in key airport security positions:
Why isn’t Obama talking about that?

At some of the nation’s busiest airports, undercover Homeland Security Red Team members successfully smuggled banned weapons or mock explosives past security check points in 67 of 70 attempts, 95 percent of the time.
 
If Obama wonders why American aren’t buying what he’s selling, he might pause to consider that if DHS can’t screen the people who check air travelers’ baggage and those passengers themselves prior to boarding, no one is going to believe that the administration can successfully vet 10,000 Syrian refugees, or the tens of thousands that will follow the initial group.
 
The clock is running out on the opportunity to sign the We the People petition to place a moratorium on refugee resettlement. As of today, the petition is more than 88,000 signatures short of qualifying to be sent to the White House for possible action.

The deadline is December 14. Please sign it here.

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