Steve McGrath

Yes, there are risks to bringing people in from a highly contested area, due to the nature of such instability. I never said anything to the contrary.

Security 101 — you can’t prevent every single remote possibility ever to come along, you mitigate the chances and effect, prioritize based on risk analysis, and continue to improve the system as you get new information.

As it stands, the US’s process only happens after a refugee has gone through the UN’s process, which includes:

in-depth refugee interviews, home country reference checks and biological screening such as iris scans.
Among those who pass background checks, a small percentage are referred for overseas resettlement based on criteria designed to determine the most vulnerable cases. This group may include survivors of torture, victims of sexual violence, targets of political persecution, the medically needy, families with multiple children and a female head of household.

So, the claims that “Syrian refugees aren’t vetted” is a bald-faced lie. They are, in fact, vetted as best the current system allows.

The United States is the land of the free, home of the brave, right?

It’s easy to be “brave” in times and environments of safety. Many would argue that that isn’t bravery. Bravery is standing up in the face of risk, in the face of terrorists, and doing the right thing, anyway.

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward, it is not a compliment to say he is brave; it is merely a loose misapplication of the word. ~Mark Twain
When we are afraid we ought not to occupy ourselves with endeavoring to prove that there is no danger, but in strengthening ourselves to go on in spite of the danger. ~Mark Rutherford
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