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Senators Cruz and Sessions let loose in yesterday’s Senate hearing on FY17 refugee plan

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 29, 2016

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, grilled three members of the Obama Administration on the plan to admit 110,000 refugees to the US in the next fiscal year which begins on Saturday (Oct. 1).

This is a required hearing under the Refugee Act of 1980 and we will be looking for the House hearing (where are your Reps Goodlatte and Gowdy?).

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Senators Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions were not happy (understatement!) when they heard details of so-called screening of refugees from the failed state of Syria.

Many issues were raised, but naturally the one that brought out the most angry exchanges involved the vetting process.

Leo Hohmann, of World Net Daily, watched and summarized those key points in his lengthy report, here.

This is how he begins:

President Obama’s top official responsible for vetting refugees testified before the Senate Wednesday that it’s possible for people from Syria and other terrorist-infested countries to have their refugee applications approved based simply on personal interviews with a “highly trained” immigration officer.

Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, could not deny that in many cases there is no data from the refugee’s home country that would corroborate or refute his story. He tried to reassure the committee by saying the screening process is lengthy and continuously being improved, noting that the United Nations pre-screens the refugees before his office even sees them.

Under questioning from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rodriguez at first avoided giving a direct answer on whether it was possible to gain admission as a refugee based solely on an interview. That infuriated Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who chairs the subcommittee on immigration and the national interest. His subcommittee conducted the hearing Wednesday on Obama’s refugee plans for fiscal year 2017, which begins Saturday, Oct. 1.

Obama plans to bring 110,000 refugees to the United States in 2017, up from 85,000 in 2016 and 70,000 in 2015.

The administration has exceeded its 2016 target on Syrian refugees by 30 percent, resettling 12,500 in dozens of U.S. cities and towns, rather than the 10,000 it had promised the U.N.

At Wednesday’s hearing, administration officials refused to say how many refugees they intend to bring in from Syria in fiscal 2017, only that it would likely exceed the 12,500 brought this year. (See my post on that portion of hearing, here.)

Nor did they say how many would come from Somalia, Iraq, Burma, Afghanistan and other hotbeds of Sunni radicalism.

When the subject turned to the process of “vetting” the refugees, sparks began to fly.

Continue reading and see embedded clips (sparks flying) from the hearing.

17 Responses to “Senators Cruz and Sessions let loose in yesterday’s Senate hearing on FY17 refugee plan”

  1. […] Editor: This is another excellent testimony submitted for the record on Senator Sessions’ hearing (Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest) we reported here. […]

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  2. […] that when Senator Jeff Sessions held his hearing about this year’s plan, he and Senator Cruz got an admission out of the Dept.of Homeland Security that some Syrians (because many don’t have documents and […]

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  3. […] Incidentally, we do know that 99% of the Syrians entering the US now are Muslims (mostly Sunnis) who are not being thoroughly screened. We heard that in testimony to the Sessions’ subcommittee here. […]

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  4. […] Incidentally, we do know that 99% of the Syrians entering the US now are Muslims (mostly Sunnis) who are not being thoroughly screened. We heard that in testimony to the Sessions’ subcommittee here. […]

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  5. […] Senators Cruz and Sessions let loose in yesterday’s Senate hearing on FY17 refugee plan […]

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  6. […] in fact, that was confirmed in Senate testimony we heard this week (click here).  At that hearing Senator Cruz of Texas elicited some damning testimony from federal […]

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  7. […] Senators Cruz and Sessions let loose in yesterday's Senate hearing on FY17 refugee plan […]

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  8. tvfmontana said

    The liberals regarding “gun violence” know that the final solution would be to ban ALL guns from America. Incrementally passing more gun control laws won’t solve the problem cause criminals don’t obey laws. They have to legislate ALL guns out of existence by making all legal sales and legal possession illegal.

    Yet they don’t use that same logic with “refugees”. Go figure

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  14. Debbie Jones said

    Answering your question, Ann, Trey Gowdy was in the Judiciary hearing at the same time, grilling FBI Director James Comey on yet ANOTHER failure of a high government official.

    I watched that one on CSPAN. I wish I’d known about this hearing, but SO glad you blasted out the news of it!

    I’ll go read Leo Hohmann’s report now, too. Great reporter! Debbie Jones Charleston, SC

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  15. The Immigration apparatchik has great confidence in the UN to do the vetting for us … Zip credibility.

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  16. They are targeting White Christian communities. This IS a war on Christianity.

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