FBI Admits That There’s No Way to Screen All the Refugees the Obama Administration Plans to Accept

FBI Admits That There’s No Way to Screen All the Refugees the Obama Administration Plans to Accept

Obama seems to enjoy coming up with new ways to put our national security at risk, whether it’s by accepting thousands of Syrian refugees or allowing illegal immigrants to flood our borders. But unfortunately for Obama, even the FBI won’t get on board with his plan.

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FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday told Congress that the federal government cannot conduct thorough checks on all of the coming influx of 10,000 refugees from Syria.

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Appearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Comey said Syrians who aren’t already in the FBI’s database are unknown to the agency, meaning their backgrounds cannot be adequately scoured for a risk of terrorism.

‘We can only query against that which we have collected,’ Comey told the committee under questioning.

‘So if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing show up because we have no record of them.

… President Obama announced in September that the U.S. will allow up to 10,000 refugees, a far greater total than the 1,854 that has been allowed to date during the four-year war.

Republicans have criticized the plan, since it could potentially allow an influx of ISIS-trained militants posing as refugees – a possibility Comey essentially endorsed on Wednesday.

But the concerns have also crossed party lines. On Wednesday, for example, Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, a Democrat, said there is widespread worry over the agency’s limits.

‘A lot of us are concerned about whether you have enough information available to you to do an accurate vetting,’ Thompson said.

‘You can only query what you’ve collected,’ Comey responded.

Comey went on to explain that an influx of Iraqi refugees after the Iraq war was easier for the agency to cope with because the U.S. had been in Iraq for several years at the time.

The situation in Syria, Comey said, was ‘different.’

Of course, it’s not like this will matter to Obama. Keeping the country safe has never exactly been a priority for him.

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