Is this part of Obama’s ‘fundamental transformation’?
FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday told Congress that the federal government cannot conduct thorough checks on all of the coming influx of 10,000 refugees from Syria.
Appearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Comey said Syrians who aren’t already in the FBI’s database are unknown to the agency, meaning their backgrounds cannot be adequately scoured for a risk of terrorism.
‘We can only query against that which we have collected,’ Comey told the committee under questioning.
‘So if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing show up because we have no record of them.
A flood of 4 million refugees have fled the fighting in Syria during the four-year-old civil war, with the situation reaching a crisis level in recent months.
President Obama announced in September that the U.S. will allow up to 10,000 refugees, a far greater total than the 1,854 that has been allowed to date during the four-year war.
Republicans have criticized the plan, since it could potentially allow an influx of ISIS-trained militants posing as refugees – a possibility Comey essentially endorsed on Wednesday.
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