Al Qaeda in Kentucky and our Failed Refugee Policy

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Foreign Policy, Immigration, News

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One question about our broken immigration system that cuts across all ideological lines is why we continue to let in people from countries and regions that represent a security risk.  That is the obvious question that comes to mind when examining the story at the top of Drudge last night about Al Qaeda in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

In 2011, two Al Qaeda terrorists were arrested in Bowling Green for allegedly shipping weapons to the insurgents in Iraq.  The two terrorists were Iraqis who were let in through our front door under our ridiculously abused refugee policy.  Yesterday, ABC News obtained the FBI video showing these terrorists in action in heartland Kentucky.

An al Qaeda-linked terrorist, who was resettled in the U.S. as an Iraq War refugee after allegedly killing American soldiers, was caught on camera in Kentucky handling heavy weapons that the FBI said he believed would be sent to insurgents back in Iraq.

The 2010 video, obtained exclusively by ABC News, was part of a broader ABC News investigation into the flawed refugee vetting program, which officials said may have let “dozens” of terrorists into the country.

In the video, Waad Ramadan Alwan is seen expertly field stripping what the FBI identified as a Russian PKM machine gun. Other still images provided by the FBI from hours-worth of surveillance footage show Alwan and an accomplice, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, handling a Stinger missile launcher and a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher.

The amazing thing is that the entire GOP establishment and donor class is pushing the Obama-Senate amnesty bill, which exacerbates our already-flawed refugee and asylum policy.  The Senate bill expands refugee status in a number of ways, including for those “whose resettlement in the United States is justified by humanitarian concerns.”  It also creates a new category for “stateless persons.”  And it allows all illegal aliens who have been in the country for one year to apply for refugee status.

In light of the new focus on the Bowling Green terrorists, it is important to remember that the senior senator from Kentucky privately supports the Senate bill.  Many of his donors, alumni, and associates are invested heavily in the amnesty lobby.  His former chief of staff, Billy Piper, along with former NRSC Executive Director Rob Jesmer, lobbies for Zuckerberg’s group, which has now resumed a barrage of deceptive ads touting the Senate bill.

Even when McConnell begrudgingly voted against the bill at the last moment (after praising it), he lauded the legal immigration provisions in the bill as a move towards merit-based criteria.  Never mind that only roughly 7.8% of future flow over the next 10 years under this bill – about 2.5 million of 30 million – would be merit-based.  The bill completely blows up our refugee and asylum policy and worsens our national security problems.

The ticking time bomb of radical terrorists in our country is just another casualty of a political class that cares more about special interests than the American people and our security.