By allowing a mass migration of refugees, particularly those from places where religious or political violence is endemic, we open ourselves up to possible threats. Oftentimes we cannot perform proper screening or background checks on these refugees so we aren’t able to distinguish legitimate refugees from terrorists.
For instance, the Tsarnaev brothers were admitted as refugees and were later responsible for the deadly Boston Marathon bombing. There have been many other instances of radical refugees planning terrorist attacks that have not been widely reported because the attacks were thwarted before being carried out.
Not all people who are fleeing dangerous situations are innocent victims. Many undoubtedly are. But many—especially in places like Syria—are simply on the losing end of bloody ethnic and religious conflicts. They may be fleeing for their lives, but had the outcome of these conflicts been different, they might be committing atrocities and it might be the other guys fleeing. The challenge of our refugee policy is, amid the complete chaos in the sending countries, to be able to sort out the innocents from those who may have ulterior motives.
In light of recent terrorists attacks and the frank acknowledgements from intelligence officials here and in Europe, FAIR believes that the Obama administration must abandon its plans for massive increases in refugees. If it doesn’t, Congress must stop them. Here’s why: