Tragedy in Small Idaho Town Highlights the Risk of President Obama’s Irresponsible Refugee Program

Two seats swings at children's playgroundIn the small Idaho town of Twin Falls, three Middle Eastern boys dragged a five-year-old special needs girl into a utility closet and sexually assaulted her on June 2. Authorities believe that the boys’ families entered the U.S. through the refugee process.

“They stripped her naked, and urinated in her mouth,” said community resident Davis Odell in an interview with Fox News. Odell has been in close contact with the victim’s family since the attack, and expressed concern over the increasing number of crimes committed by refugees and asylum-seekers. “We’re worried that these are the kids who will be going to school with our kids,” he said. “We want to know what is happening.”

Immigrant advocate groups, however, condemned these concerns, claiming they paint an unfair picture of refugees. “I think the community has seen a lot of negativity around the refugee programs,” said Zeze Rwasama, director of the CSI Refugee Center. He declined to discuss the troubling facts behind the assault, rather continued casting blame on the citizens of the city. “Speculations are things that can destroy the entire community…It breaks my heart when people in the community are divided around issues of resettling refugees.”

An uptick in mass-murders and terrorist attacks committed against Western nations has many Americans on edge, but individual crimes committed by foreigners and refugees often receive little attention in the mainstream media.

With Syria engulfed in a five-front civil war that has raged since 2011, displacing over 7.5 million people, 4 million have fled the country so far to seek refugee status in safer nations. Almost half a million have been killed by some counts. ISIS and other terrorist organizations have escalated their operations outside of Syria as well, causing millions more to flee other Middle-Eastern and African nations that struggle with the deadly fallout of radical Islam.

In response, most Western nations are hastily putting together systems to increase the number of refugees they accept from war-torn nations. However, it is difficult to implement an effective vetting process for millions of minimally documented migrants, yet it is crucial we do since ISIS claims they are taking advantage of these programs to smuggle operatives across the globe. While the vast majority of refugees do not pose a danger to the receiving nation, the first responsibility of any nation is to ensure the security of its citizens.

A majority of lawmakers in the U.S. want to see an improved vetting process implemented in order to better identify the motives of those who seek refugee status. However, Senate Democrats blocked a bill in January that improved background checks, though the House of Representatives passed the same measure with a veto-proof majority.

While lawmakers in America tussle over the best way to help refugees and protect the country, Germany offers a sobering glance of what will likely happen if the U.S. opens the refugee floodgates without first implementing common-sense screening measures. In 2015, migrants in Germany committed more than 200,000 crimes. This trend is growing even more disturbing as sexually-charged attacks by refugee seekers are becoming common occurrences. The issue is now so severe that the small town of Norderstedt made the radical decision to segregate public swimming pools after multiple reports of asylum-seekers molesting female swimmers.

In the U.S., reported crimes committed by refugees are on the rise as well. On June 14, Mohammad Moghaddam, a former refugee from Iran, took a number of hostages in an Amarillo, Texas, Wal-Mart before he was killed by a SWAT team. On Memorial Day, an Atlanta-area woman and her daughter were attacked on their own property by a burqa-clad Somalian refugee who charged onto their lawn, removed a small American flag pole connected to a mail box and swung it at the residents. The sexual assault on an innocent young child in Idaho is simply the latest incident in a disturbing trend.

Despite growing violence, the Obama administration is moving forward with its plan to admit 10,000 refugees from Syria and tens of thousands more from other high-risk nations despite the FBI admitting they are currently unable to effectively vet incoming refugees. Like in Germany, the administration is willing to place its political objective above the safety of American citizens.

While blanket exclusions based on religion or national origin may not be the answer, the United States has always maintained bans based on ideology—regardless of religious affiliation. In order to ensure that we can effectively screen out people who adhere to violent Islamic ideologies, we must create realistic immigration limits to ensure that everyone we admit can be thoroughly vetted.

 

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Spencer joined FAIR in 2015. He conducts research, and writes content for FAIR’s publications and website. He brings previous experience in state politics, gubernatorial and district campaigns, and D.C. political non-profits. Spencer holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Comments

  1. avatar Caroli says:

    WE spend millions on the illegal trash, we need to take care of Americans first! DEPORT all the trash! TRUMP for president!

  2. avatar Caroli says:

    Hillary would be just like Obama!! I would NEVER vote for her! They don’t care for our safety, they don’t care for our children, our Seniors, our Veterans and homeless Americans. I switched from Democrat to Republican, and I will ONLY vote for TRUMP!

  3. avatar Julian says:

    Things like this won’t just stop, as we can see these refugee’s have brought into our country a huge amount of hatred and total lack of any kind of respect for the people that are lending a helping hand. This of course has been put in place without our permission or input, and now it’s an ugly virus that will only grow. I fear that this will only get worse as time goes on and then …it’s sad to say, there will be blood on our streets and homes because of these immigrants. And the government wants to take our guns away so that we are all unable to defend our families and what is ours? We will be defenseless looking down at a knife or a gun..or something much much worse. We have the right to own firearms ..we have the right to protect what is ours. That is what will come in the not too distant future..it’s already happening in our cities ..soon they will be attacking our churches and stadiums.

  4. avatar Kyle says:

    BO (that useless POS in the White House) could care less if this nation is secure, just look at his track record if any doubts remain. This unqualified incompetent cares only about ruining this nations greatness as it once was, with his demented warped political correctness insanity, and all things this Constitutional Republic stands for.

  5. avatar Leland says:

    Most of the media has ignored this story even though it’s been around for several weeks. It’s up to the “conservative” media to point these things out apparently. This incident and the numerous attacks that have happened against women in Europe stem from the Muslim practice of treating women as objects who are supposed to be under the thumb of men. Women are second class citizens under sharia, actually little more than slaves to their men. But feminist Hillary won’t touch that subject. She’s full of praise for how peaceful and tolerant Muslims are. Of course, the Clinton Foundation collects a bundle from many of those same Muslim countries where these double standards exist.

    The media has also been quick to proclaim Hillary as coming out unscathed from the Benghazi report. But it’s undisputed that help for those people was delayed many hours. One of the most shocking details was that an airplane with troops sat on a runway in Spain for a long time while the soldiers changed from their uniforms to civilian clothes four times. The reason given for this was they did not want to offend the new Libyan government.
    Gee, that sounds familiar. This administration bends over backwards not to “offend” anyone, except American citizens who want a secure border. They’re just clueless rubes. Could those four people in Benghazi have been saved? We don’t know. But we do know there was no sense of urgency to rescue them.

  6. avatar SecBorders says:

    Sickening. The reality is most of these refugees are coming from very primitive, backward cultures and they are very different from the refugees who came to the US from Europe before, during and after World War 2.

    The terrorist attack at the Turkish airport is another reminder why Brexit was a good idea especially given that Turkey may be admitted to the EU, but unfortunately it will still be some time before the UK will be able to get control of its borders. I am not opposed to giving these refugees humanitarian assistance and creating safe zones for them, I am just opposed to bringing them in to the country.