Of course we are already taking Syrian refugees, but the implication is that the US may dramatically boost the numbers.
This is the latest news reported by Leo Hohmann of World Net Daily earlier this evening. As we have said previously, Hohmann’s familiarity with the refugee issue allows him to add background to each of his articles making it easier for readers new to the subject to ‘get caught up’ fairly quickly.
He begins with news from AP today. I thought it was interesting to see that it is Obama’s national security team releasing this little nugget and not the US State Department. Fitting I suppose since it is the national security piece that most Americans have foremost on their minds as they watch footage of aggressive young men rushing trains and fighting among each other as they try to get to Germany (and other ‘welcoming’ countries offering generous ‘social services’).
The Obama administration is “actively considering” ways to help relieve the European migrant crisis, and among the options on the table is a massive resettlement of “refugees” inside the United States.
Peter Boogaard, a spokesman for the National Security Council, told the Associate Press the United States is in contact with countries in the Middle East and Europe grappling with the migration of nearly 400,000 Middle Eastern and African migrants into Europe.
Boogaard did not elaborate on specific measures being considered, but said they included “refugee resettlement.”
“Many are fleeing the civil war in Syria and areas in Iraq under the control of Islamic State militants,” the AP reported.
But a closer look at the United Nations refugee agency’s data shows that “many” of these so-called refugees are likely not refugees at all.
According to data from the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, 75 percent of the migrants who arrived on European soil are men, while 13 percent are children and 12 percent women.
What’s more, only a slight majority of the refugees are Syrian, at 51 percent. The remainder are from all over the Middle East and North Africa and many have purchased the passports of dead Syrians.
The timing is propitious!
Hohmann quotes me as speculating that the Obama Administration could make some grand announcement when Pope Francis arrives in Washington later this month. (LOL! Gee how many ‘refugee’ families will the Obama’s invite to live in the White House?) Whether he does it then (to get the most for his PR buck), or at some other point this month, readers here know that conveniently Obama’s decision for how many refugees we take for FY2016 is due in Congress before September 30th anyway.
Congress has a “consultation” role, but as far as I know, they have never taken any action to question what the President wants, which for this president has been 70,000 refugees (a year) total from all countries combined. The resettlement contractors are demanding he more than double that number to accommodate the admission of anywhere from 65,000-100,000 Syrians in the coming year (an astronomical number!).