Over 100,000 Syrians have entered U.S. on Visas since 2012

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By Star Fox | Eyes Open Report

The Obama White’s decision to bring in 10,000 Syrian refugees has sparked a fiery debate in Washington and around the country, but more than ten times that number of people have entered the U.S. from the war-torn nation of Syria since 2012 on legal visas, according to numbers obtained by Fox News.

From Fox News:

Some 102,313 Syrians were granted admission to the U.S. as legal permanent residents or through programs including work, study and tourist visas from 2012 through August of this year, a period which roughly coincides with the devastating civil war that still engulfs the Middle Eastern country. Experts say any fears that terrorists might infiltrate the proposed wave of refugees from United Nations-run camps should be dwarfed by the potential danger already here.

According to Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies, this is a huge burden to counter-terrorism efforts.

“The sheer number of people arriving on all kinds of visas and with green cards, and possibly U.S. citizenship, makes it impossible for our counter-terrorism authorities to keep track of them all, much less prevent them from carrying out attacks or belatedly try to deport them,” Vaughn told Fox News.

The numbers obtained by Fox News come from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and a congressional source which provided the number of Syrian visa holders and the number of Syrians who have been granted citizenship or green cards since 2012.

Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform has doubts that proper vetting took place during the Syrian people’s entry on visa’s into the country.

“It is highly unlikely that the 102,313 Syrians who were admitted over the past three years were effectively vetted,” said Ira Mehlman. “Even in countries where we have a strong diplomatic presence, the sheer volume of background checks being carried out precludes the kind of thorough vetting that is necessary.”

President Obama’s plan to bring in the 10,000 refugees came under very harsh scrutiny when word broke that ISIS was planning on exploiting the refugee crisis to infiltrate Western countries.

Fears that terrorists might be among those coming in from Syria soared after reports surfaced that one of the individuals involved in the recent Paris attacks was a Syrian who had registered as a refugee in Greece two months prior to the attacks. Also, San Bernardino culprit Tashfeen Malik had entered the U.S. on a fiancée visa despite notable red flags showing she pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Additional information obtained by Fox News also shows that ten Syrians have been apprehended at the southern border of the United States between 2014 and 2015. Also, since 2011, 1,229 Syrians have been granted entry from Canada.

Via Eyes Open Report

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