[Ed. – Reality will reach around to smack this claim in the teeth right on schedule. We’d say it already has, but the Kerry claim isn’t about whether refugees have been risky, but whether they pose a GREATER risk than other immigrants. That said, in 7-plus years, not one single assertion made about immigration by the Obama administration has held up.]
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday evening there was “zero evidence” that refugee applicants who go through the rigorous screening involved in the U.S. refugee admission program pose a greater security threat than members of any other group.
Speaking at the interfaith iftar (Ramadan fast-breaking meal) in Sterling, Va. coinciding with World Refugee Day, Kerry also warned that what he called “bigoted and hateful rhetoric” about Muslims helps those “who propagate the lie that America is at war with Islam.”
“There is absolutely no evidence, my friends, zero evidence, that refugees who make it through this arduous process, pose any greater threat to our society than the members of any other group,” he said. …
ABC News reported late last year that two Iraqi refugees resettled in Kentucky were later found to have al-Qaeda links.
In January, two Iraqi-born Palestinian refugees in the U.S. were indicted on terror-related charges.
Omar Faraj Saeed al-Hardan of Houston, Texas, was charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, procuring citizenship or naturalization unlawfully, and making false statements. He was admitted into the U.S. as a refugee in 2009.
Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, of Sacramento, Calif., was accused of traveling to Syria to fight alongside terrorist groups, and was also charged with lying to the government about his travels. He arrived in the U.S. as a refugee in 2012.