I expect this dreadful news is because the UN/US State Department (and the resettlement contractors) are hopping mad at the slow screening process for those who have been submitted for consideration as permanent refugees. I see parole as a way around serious security screening.
By the way, the percentage of Syrians entering as refugees (so far) still stands at about 94% Muslim for those being placed all over the country. We are not saving the Christians in any big way!
The Obama administration says it may reconsider the use of parole for certain Syrian nationals in addition to its Syrian refugee resettlement effort.
In written responses to Senate Judiciary Immigration and the National Interest Subcommittee Republicans obtained by Breitbart News, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reveal that the U.S.’s effort to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees might not be the only process it will use to bring displaced Syrians to the U.S.
“At the request of more than 70 members of Congress in 2013, USCIS considered whether to establish a parole program for Syrians in Syria but decided that establishing such a program was not warranted. However, as the situation continues to evolve and USCIS continues to engage with stakeholders, USCIS may reconsider the use of parole for certain Syrian nationals,” USCIS wrote in its response to the subcommittee’s question probing whether USCIS is considering a parole program for Syrians.
The State Department has estimated that by the end of FY 2015 the U.S. will have admitted between 1,000-2,000 Syrian refugees. Parole for Syrians, if used, would supplement the refugee resettlement effort.
Parole is an immigration benefit that is intended to be imparted on a case-by-case basis for “urgent humanitarian reasons” or “significant public benefit” for those foreigners who would otherwise be ineligible for entry. It is intended to be a temporary admission, and parolees are expected to depart the U.S. once the reasons for their parole have ended.
Remember readers that the contractors started out pushing for 12,000-15,000 for this year, and now they and the Jihad Caucus in the Senate would like to see 65,000 as Obama’s parting gift to America.
So where are we?
Fiscal year 2015 ends in just short of 8 weeks (on September 30th) and in the calendar year of 2015 we have admitted 878. Since the first of January 2012 (the year I arbitrarily chose as the beginning of the present Syrian conflict) we have admitted 1,213 Syrian refugees. (See Refugee Processing Center data base, here)
Of those, 1,138 practice some form of Islam giving Muslims a 94% share of the total Syrians admitted so far. I don’t expect that percentage to change much as long as we are taking the refugees chosen for us from UN camps.
Here are the top ten states receiving mostly Muslim Syrians so far as of August 1, 2015 (go here for our previous accounting). Red number is the number resettled as of the beginning of July.
Texas (146) (137)
California (139) (133)
Illinois (106) (93)
Michigan (81) (59)
Arizona (79) (73)
Florida (70) (60)
Pennsylvania (65) (65)
New Jersey (58) (39)
Massachusetts (47) (44)
Tied for tenth place:
Kentucky (42) (not recorded because not in the top ten in July)
North Carolina (42) (42)
Go here to see the 14 Senators that comprise the Jihad Caucus pushing Obama to admit more Syrians.
I really think it would be only fair if all the Syrians were sent to the home states of the fourteen, don’t you?
However, ten of the 14 are not even getting Syrians in any large numbers, but four are getting their wish and their states are in the top ten:
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Yippee I’m getting Syrian Muslims!
Dick Durban (D-IL) The leader of the pack is getting his share! Dropping them in Chicago because diversity will bring strength to that city!
Ed Markey (D-MA) I wonder how many will go to Markey’s home town.
Robert Menendez (D-NJ) The guy worried about the Iranians will have some Syrian Muslims in his home state.