U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch said he has been briefed on the ISIS passport threat, adding both the FBI and federal immigration officials have confirmed the security nightmare.
“This is a reason for very high concern, especially with the number of refugees piling into Germany and France,” Lynch said. Lynch added ISIS got its hands on blank passports and the machine needed to print them when the group’s fighters overran Deir ez-Zour in eastern Syria more than a year ago.
“They can put together a very high quality counterfeit passport,” said Lynch.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker told the Herald the news confirms concerns about the U.S. vetting process for refugees and others trying to enter the country through normal channels.
FBI Director James Comey addressed the risk while speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, admitting that “the intelligence community is concerned that they have the capability to manufacture fraudulent passports, which is a concern in any setting.”
Abrahms said the disclosure would make it harder for President Obama to sell American citizens on the importance of accepting Syrian refugees.