Obama’s Government Ignores Suffering Christians in the Middle East

The Islamophile in the White House seems determined to jam as many Muslims as possible into the United States during his remaining term in office, and the refugee route is a handy import method. As it happens, the system is stacked against Christian refugees from the Middle East, who really do need help. The UN’s refugee camps have become Muslim-dominated sharia zones where Christians are frequently attacked and as a result, they avoid the camps. So when Washington brags that Syrian refugees come from camps where they have been checked out thoroughly (mysteriously, without appropriate databases), Christians are left out. How convenient for the Obama Bureau of Islamophilia.

Fox Business host Stuart Varney explained how they system works against Christians who are genuine refugees:

Christians are targets in the Mideast, but President Obama will not give Christian refugees priority in coming to America. He says there will be no religious test for entry. However, a closer look reveals a system that overwhelmingly favors Muslims. It is a system that keeps Christians out. Here’s how it works.

Those Syrian refugees, who we are supposedly vetting thoroughly, come from camps run by the United Nations. There are no Christians in those camps. They risked death if they seek refuge there. So the refugees who are on the list, who get on the list, they are almost entirely Muslim. The UN system accepted by Mr. Obama effectively locks Christians out.

This is appalling. President Obama has failed to acknowledge the grave crisis for Christianity in the Mideast. Quite simply, the whole region is being ethnically cleansed. The Christian presence will soon be gone entirely. And the slaughter continues.

Think about it. Christians are refugees, fleeing terror. They aren’t migrants looking for a better economy; for them it’s life or death. They are the true victims of religious tyranny. Frankly I think they qualify as victims of genocide but Mr. Obama will not acknowledge their unique and horrific situation. Instead we accept and pay for large numbers of Muslims. We are accepting here a religious test that’s being imposed over there. It’s one week to Christmas, and as President Obama begins his Christmas vacation there, few Christian refugees will be celebrating in the peace and freedom of America, and that is a disgrace. (Spare video link.)

The jihad onslaught has murdered and chased out a community that has lived in the Middle East for millennia. But Obama wants to rescue Muslims, who are apparently more to his liking.

Below, in July 2014 ISIS burned an 1800-year-old church in Mosul, Iraq.

Flood of Border-Crossing Illegal Alien Kids Continues Unabated

Thursday’s Washington Post included an above-the-fold photo and story about the continued influx of “unaccompanied” children across Obama’s open border.

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If it weren’t for the increased concern about security due to the jihad attacks in the past few weeks (Paris and San Bernardino) there would certainly be a lot more attention paid to the border chaos.

Of course, the open border is also a major terror magnet to America’s jihadist enemies, and we have no idea how many have used it. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said recently his jail has held 20 inmates this year from countries that are on terrorist watch lists or are state sponsors.

The population of the seven nations comprising Central America is around 43 million, so the well founded belief of illegal aliens that they will be allowed to stay could entice millions of expensive moochers to come. The number that arrived in the first two months of this fiscal year is double that of the same period last year, so the trend is going the wrong way.

And they are expensive, these kiddies who require food, medical care, housing, clothing, and non-English-speaking education. In fall of 2014, FAIR estimated the cost of educating the uninvited foreign children to be $761 million for the school year. Last year Lynn, Massachusetts was “on the brink” from the cost of educating and social servicing hundreds of rustic kids who speak tribal dialects and who may never have attended school.

The feds appear to be running out of funds to maintain Obama’s kiddie-import project because of the increasing numbers of junior freeloaders, although the Republicans’ generous omnibus spending package may have that covered.

In Texas, for example, the feds ordered two church camps to house 1,000 foreign kids near Dallas, 400 miles from the Mexican border.

Following is a local report about the kiddie dump where more than 400 illegal teens from Central America arrived, 20 of whom were girls. Local Congressman Joe Barton visited to see what was going on and promised he would work to change the law to prevent a recurrence.

Here’s the Washington Post article that goes with the front page photo.

Unaccompanied children crossing southern border in greater numbers again, raising fears of new migrant crisis, Washington Post, December 16, 2015

Unaccompanied minors are crossing the U.S. Southwest border in growing numbers again, sparking concerns that the new influx of children could eventually approach the levels that last year prompted the Obama administration to declare a humanitarian crisis.

In October and November, more than 10,500 children crossed the U.S.-Mexico border by themselves, the vast majority from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, according to U.S. government data analyzed by the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank. That’s a 106 percent increase over the same period last year, reflecting a steady increase that began in March.

The numbers are still far below the peak period last year, when more than 10,600 unaccompanied minors crossed the border just in the month of June, swamping federal resources. And the administration, widely believed to have missed the warning signs before the previous surge, “is certainly a lot more concerned and on top of it than they were two years ago,” said Marc Rosenblum, deputy director of the U.S. immigration policy program at the policy institute.

Still, the administration and immigrant advocates are growing increasingly worried, especially because some of the same conditions that drove last year’s surge, including gang and drug-related violence in Central America, have grown even worse. The Department of Health and Human Services, which is required to shelter and care for the children after they are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security, last week opened a new, 700-bed shelter in Texas and is planning to open another 300-bed facility in Texas as early as Friday. A third, 400-bed facility in California may also be needed, officials said. Continue reading this article

America’s Senator Jeff Sessions Slams Omnibus Bill That Funds Obama’s Radical Immigration Wish List

Do Republican Congressional leaders think nobody will notice the monstrosity that the Congress has created in the omnibus federal spending legislation?

One element of the bill would effectively quadruple the number of H-2B foreign workers for blue-collar non-farm jobs that millions of Americans need. At a time when the labor force participation rate is only 62.5 percent as of November, and over 94 million were not working, increasing the number of immigrant workers is a stab in the back to struggling Americans.

In addition, the Congress has funded a black check for Obama’s Muslim immigration project that will endanger America while it de-Christianizes the nation. Sessions notes in his press release that the omnibus “will ensure that at least 170,000 green card, refugee and asylum approvals are issued to migrants from Muslim countries over just the next 12 months.”

Meanwhile, Syrian immigration of various sorts has exceeded 100,000 since 2012.

Why do these Republicans think we will vote for them in 11 months?

Here’s Senator Sessions speaking on Wednesday, explaining why “voters are in open rebellion”:

Sessions: Omnibus Would Quadruple Controversial Foreign Worker Porgram, Expand Admissions of Refugees, Fund President’s ‘Entire Immigration Agenda’, December 16, 2015

“There is a reason that GOP voters are in open rebellion.  They have come to believe that their party’s elites are not only uninterested in defending their interests but – as with this legislation, and fast-tracking the President’s international trade pact – openly hostile to them.”

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, released a statement warning that the omnibus funding bill would, among other things, fund Sanctuary Cities, the President’s refugee expansion, and quadruple a controversial foreign worker program replacing Americans – all during a time of increasing concerns about threats to U.S. security and finances:

“The more than 2,000 page year-end funding bill contains a dramatic change to federal immigration law that would increase by as much as four-fold the number of low-wage foreign workers provided to employers under the controversial H-2B visa program, beyond what is currently allowed.  These foreign workers are brought in exclusively to fill blue collar non-farm jobs in hotels, restaurants, construction, truck driving, and many other occupations sought by millions of Americans.

At a time of record immigration – with a full 83% of the electorate wanting immigration frozen or reduced – the GOP-led Congress is about to deliver Obama a four-fold increase to one of the most controversial foreign worker programs.  The result?  Higher unemployment and lower wages for Americans. Continue reading this article

Billionaire Investor Says Automation-Caused Job Loss Is a “National Emergency”

It’s nice to see somebody is paying attention to the devastating effect smart machines are having on American jobs, because our elected representatives in Washington certainly aren’t.

Jeff Greene, a wealthy investor, is concerned that white-collar jobs are about to go the way of blue-collar employment in five to 10 years — that’s soon!

The Wall Street Journal reported in May that advanced financial software has eliminated many office jobs:

Automation is threatening to replace swaths of white-collar workers, much as mechanical robots have displaced blue-collar workers on assembly lines. Among those in jeopardy: accounts-payable clerks; inventory-control analysts, who record and audit what is in stock and estimate inventory needs; and accounts-receivable clerks, who send invoices to customers, track payments, and forecast customer default rates.

These white-collar job losses are harder to notice. There’s no physical robot to see welding a car together, just a better software program to speed tasks through a computer. But the unemployment result is the same. Tech workers face the same pink slips as coding becomes automated.

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One consequence is the very reduced need for skilled H-1b immigrant workers, if any are required at all.

Certainly the automation revolution now going on in the workplace needs a little attention from the bright lights in Washington. They continue to legislate immigration when none is needed in the job market. Meanwhile, a 2013 study from Oxford University researchers estimated that 45 percent of US jobs were at risk from automation. The Gartner consulting firm has forecast that one-third of jobs will be done by smart machines by 2025.

So one thing that needs to be done is to find the OFF switch for immigration, because we will need all the remaining jobs for citizens.

Here’s an interview with the concerned billionaire, Jeff Greene:

Industrial Revolution 2.0? Experts debate robotic threat to jobs, CNBC, December 13, 2015

Billionaire investor Jeff Greene is digging into his own pockets to address what he believes is a big issue: robots.

Greene, founder of the Greene Institute, sponsored the Closing the Gap conference last week, hoping that attendees would develop solutions on creating a more inclusive global economy. According to him, a looming threat comes from technology, where he contends automation is becoming increasingly disruptive to both white-collar and blue-collar jobs.

He warned that “what globalization did to the blue-collar worker in manufacturing over 30 or 40 years, artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, robotics I believe will do to the white-collar workforce in the next five to 10 years,” Greene said. His comments echoed the widening opinions of experts who believe robots and AI pose a serious challenge to middle-class vitality.

“This is a national emergency and I’m going to address it myself if no one else will,” Greene said. Continue reading this article

Rudy Giuliani: It’s Dangerous for Obama to Hide the Truth about Islam

Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York City when the jihad attack of 9/11 occurred, and so he knows the Islam threat up and down.

On December 12, he spoke about the trouble caused by the nation’s leader seeking to shield the citizens from the truth about Islam as the motivation for recent attacks: Obama’s weasel-words about Islam have increased the silencer of political correctness. In fact, the former mayor thinks the San Bernardino slaughter might have been prevented if Obama hadn’t made political correctness so extreme and pervasive. And like many others, Giuliani notices that this government goes out of its way to protect America’s enemies.

GIULIANI: Barack Obama is creating much more fear of Islamic terrorism because everybody else in the country is sensible enough to know that it exists. Everyone else in the country knows that these acts are connected by something called Islamic terrorism, Islamic radicalism, Islamic extremism. These are not isolated acts. It is very very dangerous for Barack Obama not to use that word. First of all, I think it’s throws people off and makes them fearful of coming forward.

The attack in San Bernardino — I don’t know, maybe it’s unfair to say this, but maybe it could have been avoided if the neighbor had reported the suspicious activity in the garage. Why didn’t she report it? She was afraid of being politically incorrect. Now who’s setting up the whole definition of political incorrectness? Barack Obama.

Because two minutes after this attack happened, I knew it was an Islamic attack. I don’t know how it took the FBI two days to figure it out. I mean the minute you heard the type of attack, the type of guns being used, the minute the government withheld the names, I said to my police officers, part of my security company, so you wanna bet it’s an Islamic attack? He said I don’t want to bet with you on that. Now if the name would Jones or Smith or Wilson, the pictures would have been out, the names would have been out — the government goes out of its way to protect these Islamic terrorists.

Pew Research: America Is No Longer Majority Middle Class

AdultsInMiddleClassHouseholds1971-2015-PewA Pew study (The American Middle Class Is Losing Ground) released on Wednesday found that the number of Americans living in a middle-class household had fallen to below half.

That’s a major event, because America is supposed to be a middle-class nation, not like backward countries such as Brazil where the great majority of people are poor and are ruled by a powerful rich oligarchy. Now America is looking more and more like a banana republic.

Americans are losing the belief in the nation’s capability to generate prosperity for average people, and in fact, according to a Harvard poll showing that nearly half of young people don’t believe in the American Dream of possibility and prosperity.

There was a burble of interest around the Pew report, from CBS (video below) to Rush Limbaugh, who opined that Americans “look to Washington and they see the country being undermined” — even including immigration as part of the problem in his remarks.

Perhaps the study will be discussed in next week’s GOP Presidential debate.

As I pointed out in my 2014 Social Contract article about economic globalization, Three Stakes in the Heart of the American Dream, decades of mass immigration and outsourcing have battered US workers, and now automation is coming on strong to wipe out even more jobs. This nation once had a sizable blue-collar middle class, fueled by jobs in manufacturing and meatpacking, until outsourcing and immigration largely destroyed it.

On Sunday, the Fox News business reporter Maria Bartiromo pointed out the automation angle to the lost middle class story:

TUCKER CARLSON: It turns out the American middle class is melting away; it was not your imagination: now no longer in the majority. A brand new study finds middle-class Americans make up just half of our population. That’s down from 61 percent in 1971.

CLAYTON MORRIS: So while many want to blame the rich for the growing disparity, wasn’t the Obama administration’s policy supposed to help the middle class? Joining us now with her reaction is the host of Sunday Morning Futures, Maria Bartiromo. So break it down for us. What’s happening and why are they being so squeezed?

BARTIROMO: A couple of things are happening right now. First of all you have a complete breakdown in the manufacturing side of the economy. I mean, that has to do with a number of things not necessarily policy only, but commodities, oil is down fifty percent, iron ore, steel, copper — these are all the things that are industrial metals that are used to build houses and build cars. That area of the economy is in recession right now, partly because of China, partly because the economy is completely changed in terms of jobs. I mean, if a company can do something through automation, robotics — they will do it. And unfortunately the manufacturing jobs in particular have been taken out by technology. So technology is part of this.

Here’s a report from earlier this week:

Middle-class families, pillar of the American dream, are no longer in the majority, study finds, Los Angeles Times, December 10, 2015

The nation’s middle class, long a pillar of the U.S. economy and foundation of the American dream, has shrunk to the point where it no longer constitutes the majority of the adult population, according to a new major study.

The Pew Research Center report released Wednesday put in sharp relief the nation’s increasing income divide, which is certain to be a central issue in the 2016 presidential race. It also highlights how various economic and demographic forces have eroded long-held ideals about maintaining a strong, majority middle class.

Many analysts and policymakers regard the shift as worrisome for economic and social stability. Middle-income households have been the bedrock of consumer spending, and many liberals in particular view the declining middle as part of a troubling trend of skewed income gains among the nation’s richest families. Continue reading this article

Court Decisions Align with Trump View on Immigration Prevention

CourtGavelThere’s been a lot of unfounded shrieking over the past week about Donald Trump’s policy suggestion that Muslim immigration be paused until the government can get a grip on who is entering our country. Many on the left (and GOP!) think that it’s “racist” and unconstitutional to block members of western civilization’s historic enemy.

Prof. Jan Ting ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in 2006 and has long been a sensible legal voice for immigration enforcement.

As a teacher, Ting has some practice in clearly explaining the purposefully dense world of legal decisions, as he did in a recent column about Trump’s immigration proposal.

Ting’s column caught Breitbart’s attention, and he was interviewed on Saturday’s online news show.

Court rulings support Trump’s Muslim immigration plan, Philly.com, By Jan C. Ting, December 11, 2015

The hysterical response to Donald Trump’s proposal to restrict Muslim immigration is unwarranted.

Contrary to the claims of Trump’s critics, the power to suspend the admission of “any aliens or any class of aliens into the United States” is expressly reserved by statute to the president whenever the president finds that such admission “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.”

Candidate Trump is telling us that President Obama should use this power, and that a President Trump would.

Despite vigorous assertions by talking heads that suspending the admission of Muslim immigrants would be unconstitutional, prior Supreme Court opinions clearly suggest that courts would reject constitutional challenges to any president’s proposed suspension of Muslim admission into the United States in accordance with U.S. law.

In the leading case of Fiallo v. Bell, the Supreme Court in 1977 noted, “Our cases ‘have long recognized the power to expel or exclude aliens as a fundamental sovereign attribute exercised by the government’s political departments largely immune from judicial control.’” Continue reading this article

America’s Senator Jeff Sessions Refutes a Universal Right to Immigrate to America

Diversity ideology — the belief that all cultures are equal (despite daily evidence to the contrary) — certainly creates dangerous, even suicidal public policy. Today’s disturbing example was the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote in favor of an amendment from Senator Leahy to prohibit the barring of any would-be immigrant on religious grounds.

The amendment was meant to demonstrate disapproval of Donald Trump’s reasonable (and legal!) proposal to pause Muslim immigration until the government could fix its totally failed system of foreigner screening. The amendment passed 16-4 as a “Sense Of The Senate” resolution to be attached to a larger bill; only Republican Senators Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz, David Vitter and Thom Tillis voted against the attack on American sovereignty.

Apparently the politicians who voted in favor of Leahy thought displaying their diversity virtue was more important than defending the sovereignty and safety of America.

As we know, millions of people across the world from El Salvador to Syria are on the march to reach the first world with its riches. Fueling that movement with the idea of more rights for illegal aliens is a dangerous business.

Central Americans ride the train through Oaxaca to reach freebies in open borders America.

America’s defender, Senator Jeff Sessions, spoke in opposition to the establishment of a universal right to enter America.

Here’s a transcript of the Sessions speech:

Sessions delivers remarks in opposition to global right to migrate amendment, December 10, 2015

“With regards to immigration, it is the job of Congress to defend the rights and well-being of American citizens. That means we must look at how immigration is impacting Americans in their wages, in their salaries, in their national security.

It was five months ago that Kate Steinle died in her father’s arms on a pier in San Francisco because a repeatedly deported criminal alien was set free. What about the American workers at Disney forced to train their guest worker replacements? They claim they were discriminated against because they were Americans. Where is the bill for them?

We have these fights over and over but we never seem to advance a bill or proposal that actually results in more protections for American citizens.

So that is the context today in which we consider this unprecedented effort to extend American’s constitutional rights and protections to foreign citizens living in foreign countries.

The adoption of the Leahy Amendment would constitute a transformation of our immigration system. In effect, it is a move toward the ratification of the idea that global migration is a ‘human right,’ and a civil right, and that these so-called ‘immigrants’ rights’ must be supreme to the rights of sovereign nations to determine who can and cannot enter their borders. Continue reading this article

Rasmussen Poll: Voters Find Trump's Muslim Immigration Ban Agreeable

Elites across the political spectrum went ballistic when candidate Donald Trump recommended the US take a timeout from Muslim immigration because jihadist foreigners are killing Americans. However, the liberal belief of immigration to America being a universal human right is not shared by the little citizens. Incidentally, the law supports the view that immigration is a privilege determined by the elected representatives of the people.

8 US Code 1182
(f)Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President
Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

Plus, there are historical precedents for blocking a tribe from entrance to the US. One is President Carter’s banning Iranians following the Tehran hostage crisis, as remembered by Daniel Greenfield and discussed by Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday. In fact, Carter ordered the 50,000 (!) Iranian students to report to the INS in 1979 and around 15,000 were deported. Jimmie the Deporter — who knew?

Plus, there was essentially no immigration from 1924 to 1965, so President Roosevelt didn’t have to cancel it during WWII. But FDR did halt German and Japanese naturalization during the war.

So Donald Trump is informed about the law and history, far more than the political and media elites.

Interestingly, when the left likes a policy, it will say the regulation is worth it if theoretically only one life is saved. But that ideal goes out the window when immigration is concerned because diversity is more important to them than the safety of actual people.

Below, the Americans murdered in San Bernardino by the jihad couple.

Donald Trump is thinking more seriously about America’s degraded national security than many in Washington. Keeping the enemy outside the gates may be politically incorrect in our unrealistic age, but history has shown that physical separation from evil is fundamental to safety.

The only problem with Trump’s suggestion is that it would not be permanent. Immigration is supposed to benefit the American people, and certainly Muslim input is not a plus, but has brought death and misery. Not all diversity is equal.

Voters Like Trump’s Proposed Muslim Ban, Rasmussen Reports, December 10, 2015

Despite an international uproar and condemnation by President Obama and nearly all of those running for the presidency, Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims coming to the United States has the support of a sizable majority of Republicans – and a plurality of all voters.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 66% of Likely Republican Voters favor a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Just 24% oppose the plan, with 10% undecided.

Among all voters, 46% favor a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, while 40% are opposed. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) Continue reading this article

Kiddie Border Invaders Reach All-Time High

The open southern border gets little media attention in these days of shrill political stories that practically write themselves. But the welcome mat remains out for the planet’s billions of residents to come to America and vote Democrat. They continue to respond, especially persons from Central America. Thousands of minors are coming, and many are bringing their parents so they won’t get lonely.

In addition to the 6,476 people apprehended in November, the open border attracts a diverse clientele. On December 4, Judicial Watch reported Middle Eastern Men Arrested Near Mexican Border with Steel Cylinders. Two of the five men were carrying the cylinders in backpacks, so the tubes could not have been too large. But you have to wonder what sort of evil they had planned now in the latter days of the permissive Obama reign.

But not to worry: the administration is responding to the chaos by opening emergency shelters.

Filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch appeared on Newsmax with J.D. Hayworth to discuss the situation and the nation-changing aspects of Obama’s welcoming open border. Both agreed that a moratorium is needed for national security:

Emergency measures imposed as border surge surprises, overwhelms immigration officials, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, December 8, 2015

The surge of illegal immigrant children continued unabated in November, pushing the Obama administration to announce emergency measures to try to handle a problem it thought it had solved earlier this year.

Two months into the new fiscal year, the number of unaccompanied minors jumping the border and getting caught is at an all-time high. So far, the U.S. Border Patrol has picked up over 10,500 — more than twice the number at the same point last year.

The number of families trying to cross also has surged, with more than 12,500 people caught — a 173 percent increase over last year. The family surge underscored the changing nature of the flow of migrants, with parents increasingly risking the journey with young children in tow, hoping to take advantage of what they believe are lenient deportation policies under President Obama.

Migration usually surges in the spring then drops in the summer and remains low through the winter. This year has defied that trend, leaving the Obama administration scrambling to rejuvenate its capacity to handle a problem that Homeland Security officials hoped was behind them. Continue reading this article

AP Poll Shows Voter Concern about Middle East Immigration

Many Americans must think that admitting the enemy inside the gates is unwise. What’s interesting is how partisan the divide is regarding national security: nearly twice as many Republicans as Democrats believe that the US is admitting too many Middle Easterners as immigrants (76% vs. 39%). As the recent Pearl Harbor anniversary reminded us, a Democrat president (Franklin Roosevelt) could be a strong war leader who was realistic about how to treat the enemy. No longer, it seems. Democrats are stuck in kumbaya and don’t understand that Islam is the 1400-year enemy of western civilization.

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The poll’s raw data is available for perusal: The AP-GfK Poll. Results are not surprising, for example 76 percent of likely voters believe terrorism is either extremely or very important to them personally. Fifty-five percent think America has no moral obligation to offer asylum to persons experiencing violence or political persecution in their home country.

Interestingly, no pollster ever asks questions related to capacity like, “Is America full yet at 320 million residents? At what number of residents will America be full? — 500 million? one billion?” And fullness questions leave out diversity and jihad hostility which are force multipliers in a bad way.

AP Poll: Americans wary of immigration from Mideast; concerns higher among Republicans, US News, December 8, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — With his call for blocking Muslims from entering the United States, Donald Trump may be tapping into deep concern among Republican voters about allowing Middle Eastern immigrants into the country, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

In particular, a majority of Republicans see a high risk that refugees from Syria will commit acts of religious and political violence in the U.S., the poll finds.

The poll was conducted before Trump made his contentious proposal on Monday, so it does not reflect public opinion about the plan. But it indicates a suspicion of newcomers from the region where Muslims predominate and follows last week’s shootings in San Bernardino, California.

The AP-GfK survey found widespread antipathy toward immigration from the Middle East, with 54 percent of Americans saying the U.S. takes in too many people from the volatile region. Among Republicans, about three-quarters of respondents held that view, compared with about half of independents and more than a third of Democrats. Continue reading this article

Homeland Security Chair Warns the Nation Is “Increasingly Not Secure”

Chairman Mike McCaul of the House Homeland Security warned on Monday that America’s refugee program has been targeted by ISIS as a way to insert jihadists into this country.

In the clip below from a one-hour speech, McCaul observed about ISIS:

“This is not a terrorist group on the run; this is a terrorist group on the march.”

You can watch the entire December 7 speech on C-SPAN: State of Homeland Security.

On Sunday, McCaul remarked that the security community did not see the San Bernardino attack coming, which must have rattled him some. He further said that the government cannot prevent all the attacks: “It’s almost impossible to stop it all.”

In his Monday speech, he also remarked, “I believe 2015 will be seen as a watershed year in this long war — the year when our enemies gained an upper hand and when the spread of terror once again awoke the West.”

McCaul’s view of the state of national security is quite different from the pablum delivered by Obama in his Sunday White House speech.

ISIS has targeted refugee program to enter US, Homeland Security chairman says, The Hill, December 7, 2015

Intelligence officials have determined that Islamic extremists have explored using the refugee program to enter the United States, the head of the House Homeland Security Committee said on Monday.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) declined to go into detail about the determination, which the Obama administration has not announced publicly.

Yet the disclosure could give ammunition to critics of the White House’s refugee plans who have warned that the program is vulnerable to infiltration by adherents of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“ISIS members in Syria have attempted to exploit it to get into the United States,” McCaul said during a speech at the National Defense University.

“The U.S. government has information to indicate that individuals tied to terrorist groups in Syria have already attempted to gain access to our country through the U.S. refugee program.” Continue reading this article

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