State Department spokesperson Rear Admiral John Kirby appeared on Fox News Channels “Fox & Friends” segment on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing refugee crisis. He admitted to a few things that will relax some but also worry others. God knows the White House is probably having a fit after what the Rear Admiral admitted because it does not paint an entirely nice picture for the pro refugee resettlement administration. The Admiral told the anchor,
“I wouldn’t debate the fact that there’s the potential for ISIS terrorists to try to insert themselves among Syrian refugees, and that the vetting process, while not perfect, is very, very stringent. I would tell you that the more than 10,000 now Syrian refugees that we’ve admitted into the country, by this month, have all been extremely and very stridently vetted.”
He went on to say,
“There’s certainly not the same amount of information you have on individuals there that you would have here. But I would tell you a couple things, first of all, they’re the — only the most vulnerable individuals. Eight out of ten of the more than 10,000 Syrian refugees that we’ve admitted to the country are women and children, and of the men that make up the remainder, most of them are connected to families. Number two, they are going through a very serious inter-agency vetting process, the most that any refugee goes through. Is it perfect? Can it be perfect? Can it be foolproof? Well, probably not, no. But it is very, very serious. We feel good that it is — it’s done appropriately, it’s done thoroughly, that the vetting is good.”
Kirby pretty much admitted that their is no fool proof way to ensure terrorists do not infiltrate refugee camps in order to attain citizenship into the United States. But he also ensured that they are undergoing severely strict vetting processes. So for the most part you take what you can get.
The retired Real Admiral added,
“I wouldn’t debate the fact that there’s the potential for ISIS terrorists to try to insert themselves, and we’ve seen that in some of the refugee camps in Jordan and in Turkey, where they’ll try to insert themselves into the population. But again, the vetting process, while not perfect, is very, very stringent. And it takes — it can take almost up to two years for a single refugee to make it to the country.”
He made sure to note on television that the majority of terrorists who have perpetrated acts of terrorism did not come from refugee camps or groups. Adding that since the 1970’s millions of refugees have been admitted into the United States. But less than a small fraction of one percent of those admitted refugees have been deported due to violent criminal behavior or terrorism that they were caught for.
However, as he mentioned their is still a possibility. But just because their is a possibility does not mean it is going to happen. It would appear from his experience and advice that their is not much to worry about. Terrorists are being domestically radicalized, as seen in the case of the Orland nightclub shooter. That small possibility is a negligee number.