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U.S. Should Secure its Border, Create Safe Zones for Syrian Refugees

November 30, 2015 - 2:00pm

Referring to ISIS,‭ ‬President Obama made the following claims mere hours before the horrific terrorist attacks took place in Paris,‭ ‬France:‭ "‬I don't think they're gaining strength.‭ ‬What is true is that‭ ‬from the start,‭ ‬our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them.‭ ‬They have not gained ground in Iraq,‭ ‬and in Syria they'll come in,‭ ‬they'll leave,‭ ‬but you don't see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.‭"  ‬Flippantly,‭ ‬the president also referred to ISIS as a‭ “‬JV team,‭” ‬quipping that if ISIS were to‭ “‬put on Lakers uniform,‭ ‬that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.‭”

Contrary to President Obama’s blatantly false claims,‭ ‬ISIS is not contained and they are the greatest threat to our country.‭ ‬The terrorist attacks in Paris provide a warning of what could happen in America if we do not take appropriate and immediate action.‭ 

In the past month,‭ ‬an ISIS affiliate has claimed responsibility for destroying a Russian passenger jet in Egypt,‭ ‬killing more than‭ ‬200‭ ‬innocent civilians.‭ ‬ISIS also claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Lebanon that took the lives of more than‭ ‬40‭ ‬civilians.‭ ‬Most recently,‭ ‬ISIS took the lives of more than‭ ‬120‭ ‬civilians in Paris,‭ ‬including an American.‭ ‬During this most recent chilling attack,‭ ‬reports have indicated at least one of the terrorists who committed these atrocities entered Europe by exploiting the current refugee process and posing as a refugee fleeing Syria.

It is remarkable to note that while speaking to his countrymen‭ ‬and women‭ ‬after the horrific attacks,‭ ‬French President Francois Hollande vowed to‭ “‬crush ISIS,‭” ‬noting the goal should not be containment.‭ ‬This is a stark contrast to the stated goal of President Obama.

Sadly,‭ ‬we are an easy target.‭ ‬Our borders are not secure and our resources are limited.‭ ‬The United States is already dealing with a migrant crisis along our southern border.‭  ‬We should not further risk our nation’s security by taking additional Syrian refugees.‭ 

The federal government has no greater responsibility than keeping Americans safe.‭  ‬Unfortunately,‭ ‬there is no reliable intelligence available about refugees from countries like Syria attempting to enter the United States.‭ ‬The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey recently told a House committee that there is no practical way to screen and vet the Syrian refugees attempting to enter our country,‭ ‬emphasizing that‭ “‬all the data sets police would normally go to for information don’t exist.‭” 

Regrettably,‭ ‬President Obama repeatedly chooses to ignore these very real threats.‭ ‬At a time when the American people are calling on the president to reconsider his ill-advised decision to expand our Syrian refugee program,‭ ‬and when our own intelligence community has expressed concerns about our capabilities to identify threats,‭ ‬the president has,‭ ‬instead,‭ ‬inexcusably doubled down on his intentions to admit even more un-vetted refugees.

France has now joined Hungary,‭ ‬Romania,‭ ‬Denmark,‭ ‬and the Czech Republic by enforcing their national boundaries necessary to protect their citizens from the threat of violent Islamic extremists.‭   

Through conversations with representatives from Hungary,‭ ‬I was made aware of intelligence they have gathered indicating elaborate human trafficking networks in their country.‭ ‬Additionally,‭ ‬they have raised concerns about young men being financed to enter Hungary as refugees,‭ ‬who travel across the country with the intent to enter the European Union.‭  

The United States should not admit any refugees if we cannot guarantee‭ ‬the‭ ‬safety of our homeland and our citizens.‭ ‬I‭ ‬recently‭ ‬introduced legislation that would prohibit the obligation of Federal funds for admission of refugees from Syria in order to help protect our country against potential terrorism.‭ 

A more reasoned approach would be for the United States to aid in the expansion of additional safe zones for refugees inside Syria and in nearby countries.‭ ‬Our nation has a proud tradition of welcoming refugees into our country,‭ ‬and we lead the world in humanitarian assistance.‭ ‬We must continue to help those in safe zones overseas while we put proper measures in place to ensure our nation’s safety.‭ ‬Until that has taken place,‭ ‬we must put the safety of our people‭ ‬first.‭ 

‭U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., part of the congressional leadership as senior deputy majority whip, was first elected to Congress in 2010. 


Absolutely "Right On" Mr Ross ! ! !

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