In a highly criticized move, the Obama Administration already relaxed security screening aimed at bringing in thousands of Syrians. Now Elliott Abrams and Eric Schwartz have penned an op-ed saying it wasn’t enough.
Frankly, some serious wrangling must be going on within the Administration because as far as I can tell, Obama has not YET opened the floodgates to Syrian refugees and thus we are seeing the public relations push—as we mentioned in the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society story the other day. (Incidentally, that story was viewed by 33,328 readers via our facebook page!)
Who are Abrams and Schwartz? According to the USA Today op-ed:
Elliott Abrams, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, was a deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration. Eric P. Schwartz, dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, was assistant secretary of State for population, refugees and migration in the Obama administration. They are members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
We have a lot on Eric P. Schwartz, a Soros protege and one-worlder, on our pages, here.
Abrams and Schwartz at USA Today:
Last month, as Syria’s civil war entered its fourth year, bloodshed continued without pause and the number of refugees continued to swell. Those are among the reasons that the Obama administration took an important step to sustain a U.S. tradition of protecting refugees, including Syrians fleeing their country. But the administration can do more.
The United States has long provided haven and resettlement to those escaping tyranny.
They then go on to describe the waiver from terrorism bars the Obama Administration has already put in place and say it isn’t enough:
There are other categories of refugees who still fall afoul of current law, such as former combatants who never acted against U.S. interests and have laid down their arms, and individuals who provided “insignificant” support for groups that the U.S. has designated as terrorist groups. The administration should consider expanding its waiver to include these groups.
Abrams and Schwartz say they only want a few thousand Syrians to be admitted, but therein lies the rub. The US State Department had bandied about the possible resettlement of 2,000 this fiscal year, but the resettlement contractors are pushing for from 12,000-15,000 this year (to be repeated again next year and the year after…).
BTW, we are already 6 months into the 2014 fiscal year which began on Oct. 1, 2013. And, just a reminder: the contractors are paid by the head for each refugee they resettle.
In case you are wondering, Abrams and Schwartz never mention the persecuted Syrian Christians.
This is how you snooker the low-information Americans who read USA Today:
We are not suggesting that the United States admit waves of new refugees. While there are more than 2 million Syrians outside their homeland, the U.S. resettlement program for Syrians is focused only on several thousand of the most vulnerable.
LOL! It is only a few thousand and only the “vulnerable” they say. What is “several thousand?”
As I said the contractors and the open borders lobby must be running into some resistance on the Syrian refugee resettlement issue or Abrams and Schwartz wouldn’t be penning this piece.
Just as Americans are weary of war, I believe they are weary of taking in the world and putting the masses on US taxpayer-funded welfare, not to mention putting our security at risk!
You need to be letting your Representative in Congress or US Senators know, you have had enough!