Terrorists Are Able to Enter the U.S. via a Federal Refugee Program

Terrorists Are Able to Enter the U.S. via a Federal Refugee Program

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Some terrorists, including two al Qaeda affiliates who were living in Kentucky at the time of their indictment, have been able to enter the U.S. legally through a resettlement program for “vulnerable” refugees.

The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) is a joint venture between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the State Department.  Together, the two agencies are responsible for determining which refugees are granted USRAP resettlement consideration.  This is done by way of face-to-face interviews with the applicants.  The majority of refugee referrals received are from the United Nations.  In order to qualify for the program a refugee must:

  • Have a substantiated fear of persecution based on religion, political viewpoint, race or nationality
  • Have a continued need for protection

If an applicant meets all criteria, the U.N. has advised that the refugee should be granted permanent residence status and given rights akin to those provided to nationals.

A myriad of serious issues exists in this program. USCIS Refugee Affairs Division Chief, Barbara Strack, testified at a congressional hearing focused on terrorist exploitation of refugee programs and the significant security vulnerabilities within her division. Strack told the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “has been working closely with interagency partners to improve, refine, and streamline the security vetting regime for refugee applicants and for other immigration categories.”


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