As millions of Syrians flee ISIS tyranny and violence, the Obama administration already is pushing higher the numbers of people he hopes to relocate to the United States.
Senior national security officials are discussing boosting the projected number from 70,000 in 2015 to 85,000 in 2016 and then 100,000 in 2017, reports Josh Rogin at Bloomberg View,
Importantly, the White House has until Sept. 30 to make a final determination on the number it will accept for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, and it could go higher yet.
Rogin said three administration officials gave him the numbers, and if the National Security Council Principals Committee agrees, the plan soon could be on President Obama’s desk.
The plan has the support of Samantha Power, the ambassador to the United Nations, as well as White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.
But the problem with the plan, Rogin wrote, “no matter how quickly adopted, is how long it will take to have any effect.”
“Migrants applying for refugee asylum in the United States now will not have their applications considered until at least 2017 because of a long backlog. And once an application begins to be considered, the asylum seekers can face a further 18 to 24 months before they are granted or denied asylum.”
Obama just this week called for cooperation from European countries on the migrant problem. He said it is important for the United States also to act.
The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration say there is resistance to a flood of newcomers, and Democrats and Republicans are divided on the issue.
Democrats charge that the U.S. isn’t doing enough, while top GOP officials have warned that taking Syrian refugees creates a national security risk, as terror-seeking individuals may come to the country amid those who truly are fleeing violence.
ISIS has confirmed its intent to infiltrate the West through the flow of migrants.
A spokesman for a Muslim-American advocacy organization, meanwhile, claimed that “right-wing extremists” in the U.S. are a bigger danger than thousands of Syrians who want entry to the U.S.
The involvement of the Council for American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, in a recent “Bring Them Here March” confirmed what WND has been reporting for months – that 95 percent of the Syrian “refugees” are Muslims.
“Either we let them in, or we take the Statue of Liberty down,” Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR for St. Louis, told KMOV-TV in St. Louis.
Meanwhile, Christians, who are being hunted down and butchered by Sunni Muslim terrorists affiliated with ISIS, al-Nusra Front, al-Qaida and other jihadist factions, have no hope of getting into America as refugees.
But Syed said there’s no concern over Syrians arriving.
Syed told independent video journalist Adam Sharp that right-wing extremism is far more dangerous than the “one-in-a-million” chance that a jihadist could slip in among the 10,000 people who are coming from Syria, which has large swaths of territory under ISIS control. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, has called it “jihadist pipeline” into the West.
Ann Corcoran, author of the blog Refugee Resettlement Watch, earlier warned that a plan to take 10,000 people was just the start.
“The flow never stops. The Somali program has been going on for about 20 years. And the Iraqis we started bringing in near the end of the George W. Bush administration, and that’s been 20,000 or so a year ever since,” Corcoran said. “Why are we still taking Somalis? It never ends, and one of the things that caused it to never end is the family reunifications. Once they’re here, then we have to bring in all their families.”
According to longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, it is Europe that should be resolving the migrant problem.
In a commentary, she wrote, “Europe has not offered to take refugees from Central America, so why are some politicians here insisting that we take many thousands of refugees from the Middle East?
“Our daily freedoms could be sharply limited if terrorists were to slip pinto our country along with migrants from areas hostile to the United States,” she wrote. “Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., warns that ‘we’re really not able to vet Middle Eastern applicants now, and if we increase that number, we’ll be even less able to do so.’
“Our welfare system is already strained by the Central American migrants who entered our country illegally and never went home. There are a potential six billion people in the world who would like to partake in the American welfare system if given the opportunity, but we cannot afford to foot the bill for everyone in the world who does not have a job.”
She continued, “We should learn from the experience of accepting about 55,000 Somali refugees between 1983 and 2004 … and taking another 27,000 Somalis between 2008 and 2013.
“An open-door policy toward Syrian refugees would be dangerous and costly for American communities.”