Obama to Veto Bill Requiring Background Checks On Syrian Refugees; France Demands Tighter Controls, EU Balks; 31 States Won't Take Syrian Refugees
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In response to the Paris terrorist attacks, President Obama essentially said terrorists are welcome here.
ABC News reports Obama Vows to Veto Bill Increasing Screening for Refugees.
President Barack Obama is vowing to veto a bill from House Republicans that would increase screening for Syrian and Iraqi refugees before they enter the United States.France Demands Tighter Controls, EU Balks
The White House says the legislation would introduce "unnecessary and impractical requirements" that would harm efforts to assist some of the world's most vulnerable people.
The bill would add a new requirement for FBI background checks. It does not call for ending the refugee program or require religious screenings, as some Republicans have demanded.
In Europe, France Demands Tighter Controls, EU Balks.
France is demanding that Brussels and the European Parliament “get a grip” on the security threats facing the bloc by allowing tighter border checks and removing barriers to sharing airline passenger data.Refugees Attack German Nurses
Bernard Cazeneuve, French interior minister, hit out at the EU’s lack of action, saying the bloc must “shape up” and regroup in the face of an organised terror threat following Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
In the wake of the Paris attacks, the issue has become politicised in Brussels, with Monika Hohlmeier, a German Christian Democrat and leader of the parliament’s home affairs committee, accusing left-leaning parties of “inviting terrorists to use loopholes in our safety and security legislation in order to perpetrate other terror attacks”.
“For them there is no lesson to be drawn from the Paris attacks,” Ms Hohlmeier said of the parliament’s mainstream centre-left and liberal groups. “The movements of terrorists have to be monitored.”
The commission has been avoided discussing amendments to the code governing the Schengen zone. Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU home affairs commissioner, said on Wednesday that Schengen was “not the problem” if its tools for security were put to full use.
Prison Planet reports German Hospital Forced to Hire Security Guards After ‘Refugees’ Physically Attack Nurses.
Gatestone mentions a similar story in Migration Crisis Becomes Public Health Crisis.
- German hospitals are increasing security to protect doctors and nurses from violent attacks by migrants who are unhappy with the medical treatment they are receiving.
- Critics are warning that German taxpayers will end up paying billions of euros to provide healthcare for a never-ending wave of asylum seekers. This is in addition to the billions of euros already being spent to provide newcomers with food, clothing and shelter.
- In addition to the massive economic and social costs, as well as the burden of increased crime, including a rape epidemic, Germans are now facing the risk of being exposed to exotic diseases — and tuberculosis.
- Roughly 5% of asylum seekers are carrying resistant germs. In real numbers, this works out to around 75,000 newcomers with highly infectious diseases. — Dr. Jan-Thorsten Gräsner, director of the Institute for Rescue and Emergency Medicine.
- Twenty types of vaccines are now in short supply, and 16 others are no longer available at all. Because of production bottlenecks, some vaccines will not become available until 2017.
- Muslim women refuse to be treated by male doctors, and many Muslim men refuse to be treated by females. — Max Kaplan, director of the Bavarian Medical Board.
- German media outlets are downplaying the extent of the healthcare problem, apparently to avoid spreading fear or provoking anti-immigrant sentiments.
By all means, let's not inconvenience terrorists with "impractical" background checks. Instead, let's give the NSA more power to tap the phones of US citizens.
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Since Obama won't act sensibly, many states have.
31 States Will Not Take Syrian Refugees
CNN reports More than Half the Nation's Governors say Syrian Refugees Not Welcome.
More than half the nation's governors say they oppose letting Syrian refugees into their states, although the final say on this contentious immigration issue will fall to the federal government.Get a Grip on Reality
States protesting the admission of refugees range from Alabama and Georgia, to Texas and Arizona, to Michigan and Illinois, to Maine and New Hampshire. Among these 31 states, all but one have Republican governors.
Only 1,500 Syrian refugees have been accepted into the United States since 2011, but the Obama administration announced in September that 10,000 Syrians will be allowed entry next year.
American University law professor Stephen I. Vladeck put it this way: "Legally, states have no authority to do anything because the question of who should be allowed in this country is one that the Constitution commits to the federal government." But Vladeck noted that without the state's participation, the federal government would have a much more arduous task.
"So a state can't say it is legally objecting, but it can refuse to cooperate, which makes thing much more difficult."
In announcing that his state would not accept any Syrian refugees, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Monday on his personal account, "I demand the U.S. act similarly," he said. "Security comes first."
In a statement from Georgia's governor, Republican Nathan Deal, he said Georgia will not accept Syrian refugees "until the federal government and Congress conducts a thorough review of current screening procedures and background checks."
France demands, to no avail, the EU to "get a grip" on reality.
Actually, president Obama, the EU, and chancellor Merkel all need to "get a grip" on reality.
Here's a dose of math reality. The EU let in a million refugees, if just 1/10 of 1% of them are terrorists, that's 1,000 terrorists the EU has to deal with.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock