Congress mobilizing votes to stop all resettlement in U.S.
Published: 9 hours ago
Leo Hohman, WND
Migrants in Tovarnik, Croatia, line up Friday morning for coaches to registration centers
A Hungarian government official made an astounding prediction Friday that up to 35 million migrants could flood into Europe as part of a historic population shift, as yet another European country felt the pain.
The comment from Hungary’s foreign minister came as Republicans in Congress have started signing on to a bill that would close the U.S. off to refugees for the foreseeable future, a direct counter-punch to President Obama’s plan to bring in 85,000 foreign refugees next year, including 10,000 from ISIS controlled territory in Syria.
But time is running out for Europe, where the days of debating policy in a crisis-free environment are over. First Serbia and Hungary, then Germany and now Croatia have watched what many are now calling an invasion of migrants bullying their way across sovereign borders, many of them young men carrying false identification or no identification at all.
Major media outlets such as the BBC, CNN and NBC continue to paint the crisis as a spontaneous event caused by people “fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan,” as the BBC reported. But those conflicts have been going on for years and the war-refugee narrative was refuted by a former Egyptian military officer in an interview with WND earlier this week.
The surge at Croatia’s border started after Hungary closed off its border three days ago.
Thousands of migrants broke through Croatian police lines at Tovarnik and Bezdan, overwhelming the border patrol units who refrained from using non-lethal force, such as water cannons or tear gas.
Croatia’s interior minister says the country is “absolutely full.” And Hungary’s foreign minister, Peter Szijjártó, told the Hungarian Times that 30 to 35 million migrants could end up making the trip by sea and land to Europe from the destabilized Third World.
“It’s a self delusion to call this situation a migration crisis; it is a massive migration of nations, with inexhaustible reserves,” Szijjártó told the newspaper. “I don’t think that the analysis results, stating that 30-35 million people out there could possibly become migrants, would be an exaggeration.
“Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are all countries with a huge population and an extremely unstable situation.”
Watch video of Muslim migrants pushing through a wire fence and then several thousand stream into Croatia:
Rep McCaul joins effort to halt all refugee resettlement in U.S.
Meanwhile, in the United States, a bill introduced recently by Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, calling for a halt of all refugee resettlement until the full impact of the program can be studied, has picked up 10 co-sponsors in the last few days. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, became the latest co-sponsor of HR 3314 or the Refugee Accountability National Security Act, joining Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., among others.
Notable by his absence from the list of co-sponsors so far is Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who chairs the House subcommittee on immigration and border security and who also has had an uprising among constituents in his own home district who are unhappy about being selected as a location for Syrian refugees.
Obama’s role in creating the crisis
The refugee crisis was caused largely by Obama’s own inept foreign policy, Babin told Breitbart.
“He drew red lines in the sand [that were] routinely crossed, never did a thing. He pulled everybody out of Iraq against the good advice of his own commanders,” he continued. “He did not force issues with the prime minister of Iraq, nor did he in Afghanistan. I think he can only look in the mirror and say, ‘Hey this is my creation.'”
Aside from the costs of the program – at least $1 billion a year not including the cost of welfare benefits used by the refugees – Babin and McCaul have both been sounding the alarm that ISIS will exploit the refugee program to infiltrate the U.S. ISIS operatives have themselves promised to do exactly that, just as they have in Europe.
“We are crazy to be inviting the problems of the Middle East into the United States,” Babin said.
According to the U.N.’s own data, at least 71 percent of the migrants flooding Europe are military-aged men 20-30 years old. Only 15 percent are children and 13 percent are women.
The U.S. has been receiving 70,000 foreign refugees per year, more than any other nation, for the past several years. They are selected by the United Nations, screened by the FBI and resettled into more than 190 cities and towns across America.
Obama wants 185,000 refugees over two years
President Obama wants to increase that number to 85,000 in fiscal 2016, which starts Oct. 1, and to 100,000 in fiscal 2017.
To date, Obama has resettled more than 500,000 Third World refugees into U.S. cities and towns since he took office.
For many smaller cities, like Bowling Green, Kentucky, and New Bern, North Carolina, it doesn’t take long to completely change the local demographics. (See map below of the growing number of mosques built across the U.S., a majority of them financed with money from Saudi Arabia, a Muslim-only country that allows no churches within its borders and which has accepted zero refugees from Syria but is more than happy to build mosques in Western countries that accept Muslim migrants.)
Some small U.S. towns receiving hundreds of Muslim refugees
Jones, the North Carolina congressman from New Bern, notes the high ratio of welfare usage by Middle Eastern refugees, more than 91 percent are on food stamps, and 68 percent receive cash welfare assistance. He said solid data for the cost to state and local governments is not available.
“H.R. 3314 would suspend the president’s action and only allow for the program to be resumed if Congress voted to do so,” Jones said.
Even the tiny town of New Bern, with a population of just over 30,000, has received 1,944 foreign refugees since 2002, according to State Department databases.
“We need to determine how much this program is costing taxpayers, and we need to make sure the people we are letting in aren’t radical Islamic terrorists. Until then, the program ought to be suspended,” said Jones.
According to a recent study by the Senate immigration committee, there have been 72 cases since July 2014 involving likely Muslim immigrants arrested for terrorist activity.
More than 50 Somali refugees have traveled or tried to travel abroad to join ISIS, al-Shabab and al-Qaida, most of them from Minnesota, including one, Zacharia Yusuf Abdurah, 20, who pleaded guilty Thursday to providing material support to terrorists.
He admitted that he and eight other men met 10 to 15 times in local mosques, parks and restaurants to talk about routes to Syria and how to finance their trip.
But Jones is equally concerned about the cost.
“We are over 18 trillion dollars in debt. We don’t even have money to fix roads and schools for Americans who pay taxes and already live here. Instead of taking in thousands of immigrants and refugees from countries that breed radical Islamic terrorists, we should be focusing our efforts on urging stable Middle Eastern countries to allow refugees to resettle closer to their homeland.”
The Muslim Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, and Bahrain have taken zero refugees from Syria and Iraq to date.
According to the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), between 2008 and 2013 the United States admitted 115,617 refugees from the Middle East. Another 308,805 people from the Middle East were given green cards during that time, meaning a total of 424,422 immigrants from the Middle East settled in the United States in five years — nearly half a million.
Overall, according to the Migration Policy Institute, the U.S. has taken in about 20 percent of the world’s international migrants, even as it represents less than 5 percent of the global population.
Leo Hohmann is a news editor for WND. He has been a reporter and editor at several suburban newspapers in the Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina, areas and also served as managing editor of Triangle Business Journal in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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