Homeland security official: ‘Nearly impossible’ to keep terrorists from coming in with Syrian refugees

Homeland security official: ‘Nearly impossible’ to keep terrorists from coming in with Syrian refugees
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As reports come in about Syrian refugees set to flood the United States – nearly 100,000 in the next two years – security experts are warning there could be serious unintended consequences, in the form of terrorists.

Erie County in western New York has indicated that 300 such refugees will be accepted.

Homeland Security Program Director Steven MacMartin is warning that it will be nearly impossible to prevent ISIS terrorists from being part of those coming into America, and by extension, New York.

Via TWC News:

“You can’t rush the vetting process,” Medaille Homeland Security Program Director Steven MacMartin said.   “There’s going to be problems with the vetting process. I don’t see it as a problem that can be solved easily.”

The former Homeland Security agent believes it will be nearly impossible for the U.S. to keep ISIS terrorists from infiltrating the group.

“Even if there is a proper relationship with the Syrian government, I’ve got to assume because of the civil war over there, their records and their data bases are in shambles,” MacMartin said. “So you’re not going to get proper records. You’re not going to get birth certificates. You’re not going to get work histories. You’re not going to get their versions of social security numbers.”

Congressman Chris Gibson stated that the government would “do everything that we can to keep them (New Yorkers) safe, on this particular issue on the screening, but really on all matters.”

MacMartin added, “I can’t think of a specific time where we were considering accepting refugees from an area actively waging war against the United States.”

 

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.


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