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Doubting Our Refugee-Vetting System Isn’t Xenophobia

From the Tuesday Morning Jolt:

Lefty Journalists See What They Want to See, Ignore the Rest

At the Daily Beast, Justin Miller and Michael Weiss write:

One of the Paris attackers was supposedly found with a Syrian passport—leading Republican governors here in America to vow to block Syrian refugees from entering their states.

But that passport was a fake, French officials told The Wall Street Journal, which means the governors’ freakout over refugees was likely based on a lie.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, pal. The passport might not match the attacker, but fingerprints are tougher to fake.

Fingerprints from one of the suicide bombers behind the attacks at the Stade de France in Paris matched the prints of a man registered in Greece in October, a French prosecutor said on Monday.

“At this stage, while the authenticity of a passport in the name of Ahmad al Mohammad, born Sept. 10 1990 in Idlib, Syria needs to be verified, there are similarities between the fingerprints of the suicide bomber and those taken during a control in Greece in October,” the Paris prosecutor said in a statement.

What, did he switch fingertips with some other guy? …

Distrust of the system that will vet refugees is not xenophobia. Remember, all of the 9/11 hijackers entered the country legally on tourist, business, and student visas. Stolen and fake passports are common. In Sanilurfa, Turkey, you can get a fake Syrian passport good enough to fool authorities for just $2,000. And of course, many refugees lost their papers and identification while fleeing. And how likely is it that our government and allied governments have a complete list of every member of ISIS?

By the way, get the idea of a religious test for refugees out of your head. Besides the Constitutional challenges such a litmus test would undoubtedly face – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” – any self-respecting jihadi will just lie. If they have to peruse the Bible and offer a few “Halleluiahs” to slip past the infidel’s watchdogs, they’ll do it.

Having said that, our policies are neglecting the Syrian Christians. “Of 2,184 Syrian refugees admitted into the U.S. since the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011, only 53 (2.4 percent) have been Christians while 2098 (or 96 percent) have been Muslims, according to State Department statistics updated on Monday.”

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