Bethany Blankley one of my my Liberty Alliance colleagues wrote a great piece on the issue at Constitution.com, which she has allowed me to share below:
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently remarked that he is “committed” to properly vetting refugees entering America. But he also stated that the government won’t “know a whole lot” about these refugees. In other words, if they are vetted they might not be vetted well.
“We’ve gotten better at that over the last couple years, but it is a time-consuming process, and one of the challenges we will have is that we’re not going to know a whole lot about the individual refugees that come forward from the UN High Commission on Refugees for Resettlement and Vetting.”
The number of refugees being reported is intentionally misleading.
For example, the Obama Administration announced it began accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees October 1 of this year. However, The New York Times reported that 30,000 more will be granted access next year, in addition to the roughly 70,000 refugees already entering America every fiscal year.
Fox News also reported that the numbers of refugees and asylum seekers entering the U.S. specifically from Muslim majority countries is roughly 750,000 since 2009.
Add to this number, those who’ve arrived under the “refugee resettlement program,” roughly 51,000, and the total appears to increase to 800,000. (Of these, according to the U.S. State Department, the greatest number arrived in Texas, California, and New York.)
Yet– these numbers mostly only account for the “head of household.” One “refugee” can actually equate to nine people.
As both Front Page Magazine and American Thinker have pointed out, each head of household is allowed to bring up to eight family members– a fact of which the Obama Administration and Johnson are both well aware.
In actuality, 10,000 refugees can equate to roughly 90,000; 30,000 to 270,000; 70,000 to 630,000; and 800,000 to 7.2 million.
In sum, the numbers more realistically reflect refugees numbering in the millions– who have entered the U.S. from Muslim majority countries since 2009. Definitely not 750,000 or even 10,000. But millions.