I almost didn’t write on today’s Sally Yates, James Clapper testimony tonight, simply because I couldn’t find a fact to pull from.
Three hours of live testimony covered by the cable news outlets, and I didn’t feel like we learned anything we didn’t already know.
Michael Flynn did bad things. Still no direct evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russia government. Sally Yates doesn’t like the travel “ban” executive order.
Yada, yada, yada…
And then I found this.
Via a Mark Levin tweet linked to a conservative review update linked to a National Review article, I found a nugget of truth: 15% of active terrorism investigations came to the United States as refugees.
Read the transcript of FBI Director Comey’s testimony from last week:
COMEY: “If we have about 1,000 home grown violent extremist investigations and we probably have another 1,000 or so that are — I should define my terms. Home grown violent extremists, we mean somebody — we have no indication that they’re in touch with any terrorists…Then we have another big group of people that we’re looking at who we see some contact with foreign terrorists. So you take that 2,000 plus cases, about 300 of them are people who came to the United States as refugees.”
So, a thousand are home grown. Another thousand are actually in touch with foreign terrorists. And 300 came in as refugees.
And that’s why the travel “ban” is important.
I use quotations because it was never a true ban, but rather a pause to allow six foreign countries to get their house in order.
It was also not a restriction on a single religion, either, which seemed to be the focus of Ms. Yates’ discussion with Senator Cruz.
She said: “I’m also familiar with an additional provision … that says no person shall receive preference or be discriminated against in issuance of a visa because of race, nationality, and place of birth. That I believe was promulgated after the statute that you just quoted. And that’s been part of the discussion with the courts … whether this more specific statute trumps the first one (about the President’s ability to control immigration).”
There are many other predominantly Muslim countries that were not included in the executive order. Yet, the six countries that were included in the order all have one thing in common, and it isn’t religion.
Each country in the executive order does not have a functioning central government. They have no way to effectively vet refugees on their end.
This is why the 300 number is important. 15% of those being actively investigated by the FBI for ties to terrorism came into the United States as a refugee.
This is why the travel “pause” was issued. Of those 300 refugees under investigation, it only takes one terrorist to kill a lot of Americans. None of us want that.
As a closing thought, let me remind you of this mischaracterization from November 17, 2015 regarding objections to Syrian refugees:
“Apparently they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America,” Obama said of Republicans. “At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of three year old orphans. That doesn’t seem so tough to me.”
Now we learn 15% are potential terrorists. President Trump’s executive order would have made America a safer place.