What obstacles will Syrian refugees face in coming to the U.S.?

Rebel fighters carry their weapons along a trench in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor on March 24. The CIA is stepping up training and military assistance to moderate rebels, according to U.S. sources. AFP/Getty Images

President Obama announced in September that the U.S. would take in 10,000 Syrian refugees displaced by the country’s civil war over the next year. State lawmakers have made an effort to bring more Syrian refugees into the country, with Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken co-signing a letter earlier this year that urged the president to accept 65,000.

Ryan Allen, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs specializing in refugee policy writes:

With approximately four million Syrian refugees living in countries like Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan, there is no shortage of candidates to resettle in the U.S. However, in the short run Syrian refugees hoping to resettle in the U.S. will encounter obstacles that will constrain the number who ultimately come to call America home.

One of the obstacles is distance. The crisis that has precipitated the flow of Syrian refugees has occurred on Europe’s doorstep. As a result, there are clear, if perilous, pathways from the countries currently hosting Syrian refugees into Europe. In contrast, there are no obvious and quick routes for the refugees to make their way to America.

Of course, lack of proximity to the U.S. has not stopped large flows of refugees, including hundreds of thousands of refugees from Southeast Asia and Africa, from coming here in the past. In these cases, refugees traveled to the U.S. at the behest of the U.S. government through a system of refugee resettlement. Herein lays the second obstacle facing Syrian refugees hoping to resettle in the U.S.: lack of political will on the part of the U.S. government.

The Obama Administration has pledged to increase the number of refugees it will admit in the next two fiscal years, eventually reaching about 100,000 refugees admitted in a single year (though not all will be Syrians). Still this pales in comparison to feats of resettlement the U.S. has achieved in the past. For example, the U.S. accepted over 100,000 Vietnamese refugees shortly after the fall of Saigon at a time when we lacked a formal refugee resettlement program.

Of course, while President Obama has discretion over establishing a ceiling for the number of refugees the U.S. admits, only Congress can appropriate the funding necessary to conduct resettlement work. Congress seems to have little appetite to take on such a task. Many in the Obama Administration and Congress rightly point out the need to carefully screen refugees to ensure that we do not unwittingly admit refugees who might pose a security threat. Today, this screening process can take as long as two years. With additional resources and personnel it is likely that the time necessary to conduct this screening process could be significantly reduced, further underlining the lack of political will present within Congress.

Today’s Question: What obstacles will Syrian refugees face in coming to the U.S.?

  • Gary F
    • Hunter

      Thank you Gary for having the guts to inform so many readers. Now if only NPR stories would do the same to show articles like this; “Europe is confronted with the movement of millions of people from the
      Middle East, who use their cell phones to keep track of which countries
      offer them the most liberal welfare benefits.”

      • Yanotha Twangai

        It doesn’t take guts to post a URL from a notoriously biased web site, or to parrot the party line from the political tribe you identify with, or to copy and paste rants from other sources like you do all the time.

  • David P.

    100,000,000 Rednecks.

  • Rich in Duluth

    I think the biggest obstacle will be prejudice. So many of us have built up such an unfounded fear of Muslims and anger toward immigrants who have not “stood in line” to get in to the country. This will be a big challenge for these new folks, but after a few generations, they will integrate into our society just like the Vietnamese, Irish, Italian, Chinese and all the other ethnic groups, we all represent, who have arrived and built this country.

    • Gary F

      I think the big problem will be Sharia Law. All the immigrants you listed all came here with the assumption that they would assimilate into our culture. I think many of them will think Sharia law trumps US law.

      • Rich in Duluth

        Except that Sharia Law doesn’t trump US law. We have The Constitution and legal precedent that’s pretty clear about how religion is handled. And, we’ve already been dealing with this issue. We have a history of our own Christian “Sharia Law”, where individuals in government try to bring religious dogma into the administration of civil law. The courts, rightly, push back on this and don’t allow it, based on the Constitution.

        As for assimilation, I think the kids of these immigrants, just like the kids of other immigrants, will have plenty of peer pressure to assimilate and become just Americans.

        • Gary F

          I’m not as confident that you are. I think there will be lots of pressure to give these folks special considerations.

        • Martha P.

          I work in the public schools and every Muslim girl wears a hijab, or scarf over their head in black flowing attire. Now their families are demanding a school holiday for their Islam__assimilating? I think not.

          • Rich in Duluth

            It’s been over 50 years since I’ve been in school, but I seem to remember a Christmas and Easter holiday break and kids with crosses hung on gold chains around their necks. But, I agree with you. There should be no religious holidays celebrated by our public schools, due to the separation of church and state.

          • Sunneim

            Dear Rich, Separation of church and state was to safe guard us from a government being able to interfere with freedom of religion. You have your argument based on a premise that is 180 degrees turned around. Read the Constitution and Jefferson’s letters.

          • Yanotha Twangai

            Actually, it was both. Jefferson and the other founders were trying to avoid both government control of religion and religious control of government. That’s why we have both the “establishment” clause of the 1st Amendment and the “no religious test” clause of Article VI.

          • David P.

            Why do you feel non-Christians should assimilate to Christian holidays?
            Why should a government institution follow a Christian holiday schedule?

      • David P.

        Syria only has Sharia Law in respect to family matters: marriage, divorce, inheritance, and child custody.

        • Pearly

          that’s a relief

          • David P.

            And about as influential in my life as the Canon Law of the Catholic Church, or the Laws of the Church of Scientology.

  • PaulJ

    $.$$

  • Hunter

    100,000 refugees at the Mn refugee agency said on NPR hey get $2,000 per person from the gov, err- thats from us who work. Do the math. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken co-signing a letter earlier this year that urged the president to accept 65,000 would mean MN will be paying 130 million for that group. But what the heck as those Sens. say_ its not your money its the government’s..they are dumber than Obama.

  • Abdi Ahmen

    Most will not assimilate as history shows since 2000. Ever see Mexicans that legally immigrated here wearing sombreros and then sung American employers if they are not allowed to wear their hat at work? Nope. They assimilated to american culture.But Muslims, mostly Somalians, have taken out over 132 suits against employers and they complain and whine when they are asked to show their face for a DL. photo…the new entitled class. We can expect more Mulsims to take out law suits against freedom of speech- oh wait, they just did this week on the new film, ” 13 Hours in Benghazi”
    They won’t like a film with facts_or to simply remind casual observers of the indisputable facts: that
    four Americans were left to die, on the anniversary of 9/11/01, by a
    State Department and White House that seemingly couldn’t be bothered in
    the middle of electioneering to deal with the crisis at hand. U.S.
    personnel on the ground were left to take matters into their own hands
    without U.S. military support. Why did that happen and why doesn’t Obama speak up?

  • Martha P

    Since most refugees from Syria allowed in are Muslim, and Muslims are anti-abortion and the numbers will need hundreds of millions to aid their settlement. Lets stop funding Planned Parenthood for killing baby lives and give it to refugees ?
    $528 million received from the government last year, according to Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report.Aug 5, 2015

    I would bet liberals would not like this idea.Money for death or money for lives..tough choice.

    • Ralphy

      Hey Martha – what do you think about the obstacles the refugees will face in their new country?

  • Abdi Ahmen

    Someone said,” I think the biggest obstacle will be prejudice. So many of us have
    built up such an unfounded fear of Muslims and anger toward immigrants
    who have not “stood in line” to get in to the country” Immigrants that don’t follow our law and refuse to get in line and show merit to be here and accept all the freebies, are despised by legal immigrants like my family is. They waited and did the right thing and now they see illegals getting away with breaking the laws of the land. What is worst is that our President is delusional from his ideology. Only a fool would not see the danger inherent in being unable to vett the thousands of refugees. ** This week Germany arrested a top Al Quida terrorist who snuck into their country, coming in as a ” refugee”
    We lock our home doors at night, we don’t leave it open and then tell the intruders they can stay if they behave and eventually get part ownership of our homes..but Obama does that with illegals and he is doing it against the law. Our Congress is neutered to allow him to do this..no wonder we will see the fall of the Democrat party at the rate they are going..as if Hillary’s crimes and lies are not enough to keep her off the candidate list. It will cost far less to set up a safe area in Syria for refugees. The Libyan refugees could go to Egypt…its their culture not ours and most refugees do not want to accept our culture. Just look at CAIR’s propaganda to see the truth. We allow them free access here while Eqypt would have them all arrested snce they support and fund terrorists.

    • Yanotha Twangai

      Are you saying everything at this link
      http://www.cair.com/about-us/cair-anti-terrorism-campaigns.html
      is a lie? Also, it’s only in the United Arab Emirates (not Egypt) that they’re listed as a terrorist group. Our own government, which has often been too quick to put the “terrorist” label on organizations, has not done so with CAIR.

  • r

    Republican racism.

    • Pearly

      Right wing nut jobs

    • Johnny Vegas

      Paris? And who are the racists exactly? Party of the KKK perhaps? Have you ever read a Pro-Bernie board…most racist comments I’ve ever heard from white people.

  • Linda

    Go r…The use of crying racism without understanding that racism is thinking YOUR race/ heritage actually, is superior to all others.
    Please, never forget what we were taught at Saul Alilnski’s How to organize and radicalize_ first rule: Demonize anyone who disagrees with you. Second rule: Accuse your opposition of what your side has done to hide the facts from the people. You did good!

  • Martha’s Greenhouse former npr

    Here is why Muslim refugees will struggle as well as us.
    some facts under current MN leadership:

    1)
    Senators Klobuchar and Franken, Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison,
    Governor Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges have written to
    President Obama asking that he send more “refugees” (Syrian) to MN,
    despite the well documented dangers this ‘invasion’ poses to the safety
    and livability of our communities – and national security. Why? More uninformed voters for them and more government funding to his administration.. Think of the rising Obama care ins. costs they will add! My private family coverage in 2010 was $650 a month. Today it is $1455.00 a month. We buy less of everything now.

    Refugee
    resettlement of those hostile to our way of life is a Trojan Horse
    intended to “fundamentally” transform MN through demographic and
    political – and eventually military – strength into some kind of nirvana
    that will arise out of the ashes of “We the People’s” self-rule.

    In the process our wealth is being “pirated”.

    To
    make matters much worse, most of our mainstream churches are making
    large sums of money by facilitating the placement of the ‘wolves’ into
    the ‘sheep’s pens.’ A reader recently informed me that Arrive
    Ministries (aka World Relief MN, one of five volags in MN), allied with a
    pseudo-Christian Marxist group, Immigrant Hope, has been advertising
    for church volunteers on KTIS.

    Some businesses are promoting
    “refugee” resettlement for the ‘cheap’ labor, ignorant of the
    existential ‘costs’ to the community and their children’s future.

    2)
    These same MN leaders have also signed up Minneapolis to be a Model
    City for President Obama’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) policies.

    These policies invert what is right into what is wrong and vice
    versa. The CVE programs treat war criminals (wannabe
    jihadists/terrorists) as ‘victims’ and place them into a plethora of
    social service programs.

    The perfect example is Amir Meshal.
    He was already under scrutiny for recruiting young people to terror
    groups, but he also had been placed on a US government ‘no-fly’ list.
    The State Department of Public Safety has granted him a commercial truck
    driver’s license and a school bus driver’s license!

    Yet, patriots are ‘branded’ by Governor Dayton and US Attorney Andy Luger
    as intolerant, bigoted racist Islamophobes for daring to voice their
    legitimate concerns about how these policies are directly affecting
    their communities.

    3) Now let’s add a
    cherry on top of this pile. This rat’s lair has signed MN up for the
    Strong Cities Network that will create a global police force. This
    global police force will not address Islamic jihad terrorism. Rather it
    will seek to squash “racist” “bigoted” “hate speech” of Right-Wing
    radicals.

    MN’s US Attorney, Andy Luger, declared recently, “The current wave of Islamophobia needs to be
    stopped in its tracks.”

    Interestingly Mr. Luger’s comments mirror the language of the global Islamic
    Movement which calls for “deterrent punishment” for anything
    that offends Islam. This quote comes from the OIC’s 10-year plan. The
    OIC, of course, is the largest voting block in the UN, and is made up of
    all 57 Muslim states on the planet.

    The 10-year plan’s deadline ends this year.

  • MN_RedbullitCapt.

    Today 140 innocents were slaughtered by Syrian jihadists, all because France couldn’t vet and track who comes in as refugees. When they hit the Mall of America some day, then will people wake up?

  • Pearly

    Ask Paris!
    Coming to a Hennepin county near you.
    NIMBY

  • Go Bernie.com

    Here is what Syrian “refugees” will encounter, mass suspicion as the State Department keeps giving them free Driver’s License to run taxi and trucks.
    Consider that Europe’s government’s accounting shows 89.8 % of so called refugees are male and between the age of 18 and 30, and none have verifiable identity histories. Consider ISIL web sites that say, ” we will enter and spread jihad before they know they are overcome.” Can an organized Paris slaughter attack happen here when our president calls ISIS the JV Team and the next year, he tells us, ” ISIS is on the run” all because he wanted to get re-elected and then to falsely show what a peace keeper he is for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He did nothing to earn that award. We all know that, the world knows that. And the world knows our President is a wuss of the highest degree. I feel badly for the Democrat Party since now 90% of our military and police all say the same, when asked if they would vote for a grassroots organizer or any progressive liberal ever again? Resoundingly the answer was NO.

  • DFLer

    Syrians should find other choices until their country is under control.
    With our current President and Secretary of State living in a delusion, when they can’t utter the words Radical Islam is at war with us even when they have announced their intention to war against us, when Obama says Islam is not the problem as Islam does not kill innocents ( he denies the term innocents are used by them to mean only those who are a practicing Muslim) When Obama calls ISIS the JV team, when two days before Paris is attacked the second time, he says ISIS is contained? When Hillary says tonight in the debate, “we can’t contain ISIS” “ISIS is not our fight.” Its time conventional Democrats wake the hell up and see what the Progressive radicals are doing to our country under the party name of Democrat. Kennedy would roll over in his grave if he saw our leaders today, doing nothing, letting ISIS murder at will, decapitate children, rape and torture all who oppose them. Uggggg.

  • Hunter

    Syrian so called refugees are mostly young males. The Paris terrorists were Syrian refugees disguised. They will love MN if we keep electing the likes of this jerk, Dan Kimmel, DFL candidate who just dropped out. Another PC ideologist with no understanding of the world situation. He sounds like Hillary and Obama but stepped up a notch. The USA really needs true leaders, not social justice hack grassroots organizers that never had any executive leadership skills. We got what we deserved, we allowed the media to pump up such losers..hate to say it, but Fox news covers the stories from all sides and vets their information, more than I can say about CNN and MSNBC.
    Kimmel tweets his ignorance:
    ISIS isn’t necessarily evil. It is made up of people doing what they think
    is best for their community. Violence is not the answer, though.— Dan Kimmel (@KimmelDan) November 15, 2015

  • Sundayfinder

    Lets look at the facts folks. Could you immigrate to Nigeria and feel functional not knowing the culture, the language, the customs acquired in a generation or more. Could you feel anything but as lost as much as landing on Mars? Of course it is stupid to move Syrians here in mass. Here’s a new fact_ when ISIL took over, they grabbed 5,000 new passports to be printed as they chose. 5,000 fake passports, One was used by a Syrian terrorist in Paris.
    Syrian refugees near a million is the fault of Barrack Obama. He is delusional in his lack of or weak incompetent strategy against ISIL. He is delusional thinking because he led a talk he has done anything. He backed down on his so called Red Line on Syria’s airforce bombing with gas and then all hell kept expanding. The refugee crisis is on his hands. Syrians coming to MN will face scrutiny the likes they can not imagine. As an immigration surety investigator, I can share that every one of those fake Syrian passports if they come to MN will eventually show up.
    Every Imam in MN that sits by silently and does not speak out against ISIL should be ousted. Since the Paris attack, has anyone heard ONE Imam go public here and speak out against jihad? None-zero–nothing but crickets. This is what happens when the politically correct naive do nothing and elect such weak pansy deluded people from Obama to Hillary to Kerry to Reid. The world newspapers are describing Obama as one of the worst, most leaderless, ineffectual and delusional of all presidents. He has demeaned the name of the office of President and for all Democrats for decades to come. If we care about the good Syrians in need, then set up a safe zone in Syria or Jordan but not here, a zillion miles from their home.
    If Franken wants MN to take in 10,000 then lets ask him if he will house a few hundred on his dime and in his neighborhood or his house. Franken and Klobuchar both need to visit Paris and get a clue.

    • Yanotha Twangai

      Would you please quit repeating the lie that Muslims (imams included) are not speaking out against violent extremists and terrorism? They do it all the time. You’re just not paying attention. It’s also a lie that “the world newspapers” are describing Obama in that way. Maybe a few are, but most are not. Your hate-mongering is un-American.

      • jim

        i sympathize with you. as a law abiding, legal gun owner in america i encounter misplaced blame and un-american hate-mongering all the time.

        • Yanotha Twangai

          That’s an off-topic comment if I’ve ever seen one. And I’m not sure in what sense you “sympathize” with me. Apparently you’re assuming I’m a Muslim. I’m not. The faith I do hold, however, calls me to stick up for those who are being persecuted. Legal gun owners in America are not persecuted by any stretch of the imagination.

          • jim

            i offer sympathy to your sentiments and you return it with scorn. typical.

          • Yanotha Twangai

            Sorry, I assumed when you were offering your obviously insincere “sympathy” with the obvious ulterior motive of injecting an off-topic comment about guns into the discussion, you were expecting to provoke a reaction, which I obligingly provided. Shouldn’t you be grateful?

          • jim

            nope. i do have sympathy for immigrants and know something of the contempt they receive which is not off topic at all.

          • Yanotha Twangai

            If you say so.

      • Hunter

        ack, the problem is that our Congress is not speaking out as typical.They sit quietly while Obama does next to nothing for 15 months against ISIL. ISIL didn’t exist until months after Obama pulled out of Iraq, like a condom less teenager. Here’s some history that shows Sanders crap about global warming causes Islamist Jihadists..my god, he is an idiot or else he thinks every voter is that dumb to buy his crap.
        Most Minnesotans are so unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago the USA declared war on Islam and Thomas Jefferson led the charge.

        At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates
        (the “Barbary Pirates”) were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms. Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment.

        These extortionists represented the North African Islamic nations of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers – collectively referred to as the Barbary Coast – and presented an unprovoked threat to our new American Republic.

        Beginning in1784, seventeen years before he would become president, Thomas Jefferson became America ‘s Minister to France. That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following
        in the footsteps of European nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States rather than engaging them in war.

        In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships, and the Dye of Algiers demanded an unheard-of ransom of $60,000. Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any
        further payments. He proposed to Congress the formation of a
        coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic states into peace. A disinterested Congress (sound familiar?) decided to pay the ransom.
        In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli ‘s ambassador to Great Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked American ships
        and enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.

        The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered that Islam “was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran that all nations who would not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make
        slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

        Despite this stunning admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim nations, as well as the objections of many notable American leaders, including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and would only further embolden the enemy, for the following fifteen
        years the American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages. The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to over twenty percent of the United States government annual revenues in 1800.

        Jefferson, shortly after his being sworn in as the third President in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent him a note
        demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for every year forthcoming. That changed everything.

        Jefferson let the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with his demand. The Pasha responded by cutting down the flagpole at the American consulate and declared war on the United States. Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers immediately followed suit. Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a naval force for anything beyond coastal defense, but, having watched his nation be cowed by Islamic thugery for long enough, decided that is was finally time to meet
        force with force.He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the
        Mediterranean and taught the Muslim nations of the Barbary Coast a lesson he hoped they would never forget. Congress finally__authorized Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli and to “cause to be done all other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war would justify”.

        When Algiers and Tunis, who were both accustomed to American cowardice and acquiescence, saw the newly independent United States had both the will and the right
        to strike back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli.
        The war with Tripoli lasted for four more years, and raged up again in 1815. The bravery of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line “to the shores of Tripoli” in the Marine Hymn, and they would forever be known as “leathernecks” for the leather collars of their uniforms, designed to prevent their heads from being cut off by the Muslim scimitars when boarding enemy ships.

        Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in the name of their prophet and theirgod, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply. America had a tradition of religious tolerance.. In fact Jefferson, himself, had co-authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist Islam was
        like no other religion the world had ever seen. A religion based on supremacism, whose holy queran book not only condoned but mandated violence against unbelievers, was unacceptable to him. His greatest fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat to the United States .

        This should concern every American. Today_we see that Muslims have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; that Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged; Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because they offend
        Islamist sensibilities; ice cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah; public schools are pulling pork from their menus and many have sued their american employer for refusing safety attire per OSHA; on and on and on and on….

        It’s death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some refer to it, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day across America . By not
        fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate what is really
        happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to our own culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a politically correct knife, and helping to further the Islamists agenda. Sadly, it appears that today America’s STUPID leaders would rather be politically
        correct than victorious!

        If you have any doubts about the above information, just Google “Thomas Jefferson vs. the Muslim World.”

        • Yanotha Twangai

          Well, sure. Even back then some Muslim potentates were misconstruing their own religion’s teachings, much like Christian rulers had done about 700 years before that in the Crusades, or the way European settlers justified the dispossession and genocide of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The fact that the Pasha of Tripoli said he was doing those things in the name of Islam does not mean what he was doing was authentically Islamic, unless you want to argue that things like the Crusades were authentically Christian.

    • David P.

      Do you have information regarding the terrorists that were involved in the Paris attacks? Do you know that a Syrian terrorist used a fake passport to get to France?
      Can you please explain how the result of an ill-planned invasion of the Middle East that completely upset the power-structure in that area is on President Obama? Bush ignored the advice of his Secretary of State, his father’s Secretary of State and his military leaders. They all stated in one way or another, If you invade, you will break it. If you break it, you bought it.
      Can you explain how a multiple-layered civil war in Syria (long an extension of Russian influence in the Middle East) is President Obama’s fault?
      I do agree with your comment that refugees are culturally lost in this country (or any country). That is why it is all the more important that we provide a social service network to help them in their new home.

  • Hunter

    The stats are in 2015:
    $257,482 per refugee family (4), the first 5 years. Not just Syrians but ALL REFUGEES!
    5. For what it costs to resettle one Middle Eastern refugee in the United States for five years, about 12 refugees can be helped in the Middle East for five years, or 61 refugees can be helped for one year. (Same source as above)

    6. SINCE 2011, 98% OF THE 2031 SYRIANS ADMITTED HAVE BEEN MUSLIMS, JUST 2% were CHRISTIANS!

    7. 13% of US Syrian Refugees support ISIS (93 out of 900 surveyed) It only took 8 in France, 1 to stab 5 students in UC -Davis.

    MN polls from 2013 show 27% of MN Muslims polled believe in jihad if needed, suicide bombings included. Feel safer now at the mall?

    8. ISIS Releases Kill Cities: 7 Texas Cities on the List

  • AbdiAhman

    Refugees will struggle with climate and our culture. Islam preaches no freedoms for women so how would the males handle MN culture that promotes equality? Not well.
    Maybe half of all refugees, Muslim males, could care less to assimilate to MN. Traditional middle east Muslims should migrate to a country near them, closer aligned within their culture. America’s culture and values are contrary to traditional Islam so why should they come here to hopefully change our way of life? If they truly wished to assimilate, they wouldn’t force their women to wear head gear and bar them from equality.
    The Muslim Brotherhood has a different agenda and they want more so called refugees to be here. For example:

    The Muslim Brotherhood’s purpose, as stated in the 1991 memo, is to wage “a kind of grand jihad, in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers…”

    One of the organizations listed in the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo as a front for this purpose is the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT),
    an organization that owns mosques across America. Its offices were
    raided in 2002 as part of a terrorism-financing investigation.

    Its website says: “Since NAIT’s founding, Muslim
    communities have entrusted the titles of over 325 properties in 42
    States to NAIT. More are added every year. Market value of these Waqf
    [NAIT] properties is several hundred million dollars.”

    Another U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has said that NAIT owns about 27% of mosques in America. National security expert Dr. J. Michael Waller had a higher estimate of 50% to 79% of mosques being owned by NAIT.

    NAIT’s status as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity was confirmed by federal prosecutors during the prosecution of another U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity named the Holy Land Foundation. The Justice Department designated NAIT as an unindicted co-conspirator in that case.

    NAIT’s designation as an unindicted co-conspirator was upheld in a 2009 ruling because of “ample evidence” linking it to the Hamas-financing network of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. A NAIT bank account gave the checks for the “Palestinian mujahideen” to the Holy Land Foundation, which then distributed the funds to Hamas.
    In the documentary The Grand Deception, former FBI special agent Robert Stauffer talks about taking part in an investigation into the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, including NAIT. He said that many millions of dollars were donated to NAIT from foreign countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran.

    A declassified FBI document from 1987 summarizes intelligence provided by an informant inside the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood who adamantly stated that NAIT is a Brotherhood front with a“secret agenda” that includes supporting terrorism and a long-term Islamic revolution in America.

    “[NAIT wants] all the mosques to be ideologically pure in their own Wahhabist line. They want to prevent others from having influence,” said Islamic scholar Khalid Duran.

    There are also mosques and Islamic centers that are not technically owned by NAIT but are officially affiliated with other U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities.
    Another significant problem within U.S. mosques is the widespread presence of radical literature. A 2011 survey of 100 U.S. mosques found that 81% of mosques used texts promoting violence, and only a mere 15.5% had imams who did not _
    recommend violent texts for studying. In addition, 58% of mosques
    had guest speakers known for promoting violent jihad.

    About 51% of U.S. mosques were found to have texts that “severely advocate” violent jihad, preaching that supporting it is an obligation of Muslims. Literature in this category includes texts like Milestones by Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Sayyid Qutb and those by Jamaat-e-Islami founder Abdul Ala Maududi/Mawdudi.

    About 30% of U.S. mosques were found to have texts that “moderately advocate” violence, such as Fiqh us-Sunnah by Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Sayyid Sabiq and Tafsir Ibn Kathir.

    This shocking number is substantiated by Sufi Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, the chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America. Kabbani has founded 28 Sufi Islamic centers in North America and is listed as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world.

    In 1999, Kabbani said during an event at the State Department that 80% of U.S. mosques follow an extremist Saudi-sponsored form of Islam. He said that 90 of the 114 U.S. mosques he visited had a radical ideology.

    A 2006 study by Freedom House likewise found that Saudi-sponsored extremist texts are widely present in U.S. mosques. The study was based on a survey of over 200 books from 15 major mosques in seven states.