Our screening system is so stupidly naive, we might as well be asking a suicide bomber as he's about to board a plane, "Did you pack your bags yourself?"
Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab is a 23-year-old who came to the U.S. in 2012 and had returned to the Middle East on two occasions to fight for Al Nusra. He was alleged to have been recorded by the FBI bragging about executing Syrian Army soldiers and their Russian allies. Wiretaps were made while he moved from Arizona to Wisconsin then to California and recorded him saying that he wanted to return to Syria because he was "eager to see blood."
In Al-Jayab's U.S. Customs and Immigration Services interview, he neglected to mention that tidbit of information and his current intentions and as far as the officials were concerned, he was good to go. Now he is being held on charges in California for lying to investigators about living in Syria.
Another terrorist, Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, is a Palestinian born in Iraq, lived in refugee camps in Iraq and Jordan. He moved to Houston in 2009. Al Hardan is the nephew of a famous Al Qaeda bomb maker.
Last week Al Hardan pleaded guilty to plotting and training to bomb and shoot up two Houston malls. In his Monday hearing, the 24-year-old admitted to attempting to assist the Islamic State terrorists two years ago.
Al Hardan currently faces up to 20 years in federal prison and will be sentenced this January. He also lied to U.S. Customs and Immigration Services when seeking asylum in 2009 and permanent residency in 2011.
"These latest cases of refugees who turned out to be terrorists confirm that it is simply impossible for our screening system to detect all those who are a threat," Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies. "These two men should never have been admitted."
That's because they probably answered "No" to the question: 'Are you a member of a terrorist organization?' on form 420.
"They were interested and involved in terrorism before they came here, and our so-called great vetting system, that obviously isn't as great as the Obama administration claims, did not pick up on it," she added.
Aaron Rodriguez, spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security and avid Obama supporter said the security vetting for refugees is "extraordinarily thorough and comprehensive."
"It is the most robust screening process for any category of individuals seeking admission into the United States," Rodriguez lied, "The process is multi-layered and intensive, involving multiple law enforcement, national security, and intelligence agencies across the federal government."
What Rodriguez did not say was that with little knowledge or documentation on potential refugees, nothing can really get verified and the intelligence we receive is low information. He and the rest of Obama's mouthpieces can say whatever they want, but the facts are just too stubborn to change the truth. The Islamic State (among other Islamic terrorist organizations) has said that they will infiltrate our refugee program and wreak havoc in the future.
Claude Arnold, a retired U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, said that hundreds of war criminals have entered the US as refugees pretending to be victims rather than the perpetrators. He said the stakes are much higher now, than they were historically, with terrorists trying to use our refugee program to do us harm.
"Our intelligence from Iraq is much greater than in Syria because we had a military presence there for so long," Arnold said. "We had biometrics, fingerprints, and documentary evidence to identify bad actors. But cases like these show this vetting process is not foolproof."
Vaughan said that the two men recently caught are only a couple of examples of others who have come here under the refugee program with plans to do us harm. A recent Senate report states that there are "dozens" of refugees convicted of terror-related crimes, such as Mohanad Shareef Hammadi and Waad Ramadan Alwan, Iraqi refugees in Bowling Green, KY whose prints were found on unexploded IEDs in Iraq, and both had a history of using IEDs against our soldiers in Iraq.
Alwan pleaded guilty to a slew of terror-related charges and got 40 years in prison. Hammadi is serving a life sentence on similar charges.
Anyone who believes Hillary Clinton will make our country safer than Donald Trump over the refugee situation is dangerously naive.