Magazine article The New American

Obama's Two-Front Migration "Surge": "Refugee Resettlement" and "Unaccompanied Minors" Are Presenting a Double Threat to Our Economy, Our National Security, and Our Social Order

Magazine article The New American

Obama's Two-Front Migration "Surge": "Refugee Resettlement" and "Unaccompanied Minors" Are Presenting a Double Threat to Our Economy, Our National Security, and Our Social Order

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The Obama administration's plan to "surge" Syrian refugees into the United States is back in full-tilt mode. And unless the American public and the U.S. Congress block this effort, thousands (or tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands) of unvetted "refugees" from a dozen or more Muslim countries may soon be pouring into the United States.

Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard revealed the Obama plan to "surge" Syrian refugees into the United States at a conference in Geneva, Switzerland, with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres on December 9,2014. "The United States accepts the majority of all UNHCR referrals from around the world," Assistant Secretary Richard stated. "Last year, we reached our goal of resettling nearly 70,000 refugees from nearly 70 countries. And we plan to lead in resettling Syrians as well ... and we expect admissions from Syria to surge in 2015 and beyond." (Emphasis added.)

The surge scheme, however, ran into several reality smackdowns in 2015. First, there were the deadly jihadi terrorist attacks in Paris (in January against Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket, and the even more lethal bombing and shooting attacks in November). Then there was the terror attack by Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, which killed 14 people and wounded 21 in San Bernardino, California. These, coupled with the massive tsunami of more than a million "refugees" pouring into Europe, provided a sobering wake-up call to the American public, the U.S. Congress, and other elected officials. The suicidal consequences of open borders and unchecked migration are real indeed, as these events showed. And as they also demonstrated, political correctness should not be allowed to overwhelm the genuine threats posed to our economy, social cohesion, personal safety, and national security by a new wave of Islamic immigrants who had not been--and could not be--properly vetted.

Still, as late as September 21 of last year, Secretary of State John Kerry was promising during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, to bump up annual U.S. refugee admissions to at least 100,000--and even more, if possible--while promising to take a minimum of 10,000 Syrian refugees. But as the EU refugee crisis intensified, and as alarming video and photo images of the massive flood of migrants began dominating the news cycles, the Obama administration, faced with widespread opposition, backed off--temporarily.

The fierce pushback against Obama's refugee surge has been aided by continuing and growing anger over his other migration surge: the waves of "unaccompanied minors" that have flooded across our southern border since 2014, thanks to the encouragement to break the law provided by the president's illegal amnesty-by-executive-order.

On March 1 of this year, Obama's commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security that the "surge" of unaccompanied children and youths since 2014 is straining CBP resources. "During FY 2014, the U.S. Government experienced an unprecedented increase in the number of unaccompanied children (UC) crossing the Southwest border, compared to previous years," Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske testified. "The surge created a resource challenge for CBP and other Federal partners responsible for responding to the urgent humanitarian situation," he said. According to Kerlikowske, the CBP is already experiencing another UC surge this year, and is planning for "a revised baseline of 75,000 UC apprehensions." The 2014 surge brought more than 60,000 unaccompanied children and 26,000 families across our border. CBP is requesting tens of millions dollars more to deal with the influx. But the CBP budget is only one part of the economic burden. After the CBP "processes" the apprehended children and families, they are turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement, which has built dozens of new facilities to "temporarily" house the new arrivals. …

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