From The Conservative Tribune: President Barack Obama’s plan to import thousands of Muslims into select cities around the U.S. was exposed last week, prompting Gowdy to sent a letter to the Secretary of State John Kerry demanding answers concerning reports of several refugees from places like Syria and North Africa being moved to his home state.
As chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee responsible for the refugee resettlement program administered by the State Department, one would expect Gowdy to be kept in the loop about plans to import refugees to America — let alone his own state.
However, he claims in the letter to Kerry that he was completely unaware about the plan to resettle refugees in South Carolina.
“As the Member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the Spartanburg area, I am deeply concerned about the lack of notice, information, and consultation afforded to me and my constituents about this issue,” the letter read.
According to Ann Corcoran, author of the Refugee Resettlement Watch blog, Gowdy is the first member of Congress to raise questions about this program since she began her battle eight years ago to expose the false claims and lack of oversight of the program.
However, Corcoran says he needs to go a step further and demand answers concerning the program and how it effects not just South Carolina, but all 50 states.
“Maybe due to Gowdy’s swift and decisive action, other communities, which are being kept in the dark, will get some relief,” Corcoran said. “This is the first time I’ve ever seen anyone in Congress do this. Trey Gowdy has directed a letter to John Kerry asking all the right questions.”
Included in Gowdy’s letter were questions about how Spartanburg was chosen for refugee resettlement, when the refugees will arrive, how many people are expected and from what countries, as well as what government services will be provided to them at what cost
This program, which has quietly been in operation for over 25 years, came to the forefront of controversy when in February one of the FBI’s top counter-terrorism officials, Michael Steinbach, testified in front of the House Homeland Security committee saying the the U.S. has no effective means by which to screen refugees for possible links to the Islamic State group or other terror organizations.
Texas Republican Rep. Michael McCaul also sent a letter to the White House in January where he cited “serious national security concerns” about the Syrian refugee program and urged Obama to not provide a “back door for jihadists,” according to WND.
For years now the U.S. has been receiving over 70,000 of these refugees per year into its borders, placing them in houses and schools and providing not only free healthcare but also a fast track to full citizenship.
It’s about time the people’s representatives in Congress were brought into the loop.