Al­low­ing refugees en­dan­gers our safety

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

In Novem­ber 2015, Mary­land Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R) re­quested that “…fed­eral author­i­ties cease any ad­di­tional set­tle­ments of refugees from Syria in Mary­land un­til the U.S. govern­ment can pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate as­sur­ances that refugees from Syria pose no threat to pub­lic safety.”

Sen. Ben Cardin, Rep. Elijah Cum­mings, Rep. Chris Van Hollen and Bal­ti­more Mayor Stephanie Rawl­ings-Blake de­nounced Ho­gan’s po­si­tion in knee-jerk lib­eral Demo­crat fash­ion.

As­sur­ances that Syr­ian refugees will be thor­oughly vet­ted are not cred­i­ble be­cause re­li­able records on tens of thou­sands of refugees from a war-torn re­gion are non-ex­is­tent. Even with strin­gent screening, hor­ren­dously bad peo­ple in­ad­ver­tently pass muster and en­ter the United States.

An ex­am­ple is Beatrice Mun­yenyezi who en­tered the United States, claim­ing she was a Rwan­dan refugee and was granted U.S. cit­i­zen­ship in 2003. Liv­ing in New Hamp­shire, she re­ceived aid from Catholic Char­i­ties, an ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of New Hamp­shire and a job as an ad­vo­cate for refugees.

Fed­eral author­i­ties who al­lowed Mun­yenyezi en­try had no idea she was a mass mur­derer. (She failed to put that on her ap­pli­ca­tion.) Mun­yenyezi had been a mem­ber of a para-mil­i­tary ex­trem­ist group who se­lected peo­ple for rape and mur­der and also beat a 10-year-old boy to death.

It took years of in­ves­ti­ga­tion and le­gal pro­ceed­ings be­fore the Fe­bru­ary 2013 jury ver­dict that Mun­yenyezi was guilty of ly­ing on her ap­pli­ca­tion to be­come a U.S. cit­i­zen.

Mun­yenyezi is not an iso­lated case. A long list of mon­strous peo­ple find haven in the U.S. be­cause they lie to govern­ment of­fi­cials. See www.ice.gov un­der hu­man rights vi­o­la­tors’ news re­leases such as:

• ICE re­moves ex-mem­ber of Gu­atemalan spe­cial forces linked to 1980s mas­sacre;

• ICE de­ports former Kosovo Lib­er­a­tion Army sol­dier ac­cused of per­se­cut­ing eth­nic Serbs dur­ing the Kosovo con­flict; and

• Penn­syl­va­nia man ar­rested for ly­ing about role in first Liberian civil war.

The reign of ter­ror is over for hu­man rights vi­o­la­tors and war crim­i­nals who hide in the U.S. and evade jus­tice, while ex­ploit­ing Amer­ica’s wel­fare sys­tem. But young, budding Amer­ica-hat­ing crim­i­nals and ter­ror­ists from the Mid­dle East are champ­ing at the bit to harm us.

It’s both sad and hor­ri­fy­ing that Is­lamic ex­trem­ists are an­ni­hi­lat­ing and dis­plac­ing in­no­cent men, women and chil­dren. The United States should help them seek refuge in the Mus­lim world, in­clud­ing Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pak­istan, Bangladesh, In­done­sia, the Philip­pines, Al­ge­ria, Jordan, Tu­nisia, Morocco, Libya and Turkey.

Fur­ther­more, Pres­i­dent Obama and Hil­lary Clin­ton, both fail­ures in wise and strong for­eign pol­icy, made dis­as­trous de­ci­sions that cre­ated ISIS and cri­sis in the Mid­dle East. These two bun­glers and their ilk are now try­ing to guilt-trip us into be­liev­ing that flood­ing the United States with thou­sands of un­knowns is the right thing to do. Amer­i­cans with com­mon sense in­stinc­tively know this is wrong.

Just as an in­di­vid­ual on a de­scend­ing plane is no help to fel­low pas­sen­gers un­less he puts his own oxy­gen mask on first, nei­ther is Amer­ica of help to the world un­less we en­sure our own strength and sur­vival first. Ber­nadette Smith, Welcome

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