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Thursday
Jun062013

Government spies on Americans but refugee program remains intact despite bombings

Photo: USCISThe U.S. government has ramped up spying on Americans, evidenced by confirmation that cell phone carriers have handed data over to the National Security Agency.

However, despite two domestic bombings by refugees, no one has questioned the policy that cedes a great deal of authority to the United Nations over the U.S. refugee program.

Forbes said:

“[T]he FBI on the NSA’s behalf demanded that Verizon turn over all metadata for phone records originating in the United States for the three months beginning in late April and ending on the 19th of July.”

The initiative is troubling for many reasons, but most conspicuous is the fact the government only wanted “data regarding calls originating in America…not those between foreigners.”

Even the American Civil Liberties Union, certainly not a fountain of conservative ideology, found the program “more troubling” than President George W. Bush’s “warrantless wiretapping.”

Ironically the worst terrorist incident on the U.S. mainland in recent times was the Boston Bombing. Two “refugees” were allegedly responsible for that bombing.

President Barack Obama, however, hasn’t given the refugee program a second glance.

At present, the United Nations and nongovernment organizations set Priority 1 cases, giving these organizations control over who qualifies as a refugee.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services defines refugee:

A refugee is a person who has fled his or her country of origin because of past persecution or a fear of future persecution based upon race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

USCIS also claims refugees are handled on a “case by case basis through an interview with a specially-trained USCIS officer…”

Who interviewed the Tsarnaev brothers’ families? If they were afraid for their lives, why did they freely travel back to their homeland?

USCIS also pointed out the president’s influence on refugees:

The Presidential Determination establishes the overall admissions levels and regional allocations of all refugees for the upcoming fiscal year.

As the U.S. government spies on Americans, that same bureaucracy has ceded control of our refugee program to the UN and private organizations. The U.S. taxpayer provides welfare for refugees.

The Tsarnaev brothers weren’t the first refugees to detonate a bomb on American soil. An Iraqi refugee allegedly did the same in December, 2012. The Iraqi refugee had already served time on other charges in Arizona.

In 2009, Obama's Presidential Determination for the following year included Iraq and persons from the former Soviet Union receive special status as refugees.

Where is the logic in impounding personal records of Americans while leaving intact a program that has already admitted individuals whose refugee status is sketchy at best?

(Analysis by Kay B. Day/June 6, 2013)

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