Muslims Refugees Slapped With Terror Charges
Despite considerable opposition from the American people, the Obama administration is still campaigning to take in thousands of Syrian refugees over the next few years. The arguments against such an unwise policy are abundant, but a couple of recent federal arrests may speak louder than anything else.
In Sacramento, California, federal authorities charged 23-year-old Iraqi Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab with joining the Islamic State in Syria and lying to investigators about his overseas activities. According to the criminal complaint, Al-Jayab traveled to Syria in 2013, where he stayed for two months to fight on behalf of several Islamic terror groups that were later absorbed by ISIS.
To back up their case, the FBI points to messages Al-Jayab sent to an unnamed Texas contact, where he described going through seven ammunition magazines in Syria during one intense battle and claimed that he executed three Syrian soldiers. In one message, the Muslim said he was “eager to see blood.”
Authorities have not indicated whether or not Al-Jayab’s Texas contact is Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, a 24-year-old refugee who was charged in Houston at the same time. Hardan is accused of providing material support to the Islamic State, lying to investigators, and obtaining U.S. citizenship unlawfully.
According to the indictment, Hardan arrived in the U.S. in 2009 and procured legal status in 2011. However, the complaint says, Hardan did not reveal on his citizenship application that he had an ongoing association with ISIS.
The FBI accuses Hardan of providing “training, expert advice and assistance to a foreign terrorist organization, namely the Islamic State of Iraq.”
In a statement, Texas governor Greg Abbott said, “This is precisely why I called for a halt to refugees entering the U.S. from countries substantially controlled by terrorists. I once again urge the President to halt the resettlement of these refugees in the United States until there is an effective vetting process that will ensure refugees do not compromise the safety of Americans and Texans.”
The problem is, what vetting process could possibly be good enough? Take the San Bernardino shooters. If their families are to be believed, these two hid their jihadist beliefs from their closest friends, relatives, and neighbors. If they could fool even those living in the same house, what chance does the U.S. government have of finding the truth? Now multiply that by 10,000, and explain how President Obama can assure Americans that we can do this safely. It defies logic.