This Is Why We Worry About Who Is Coming In *Open Thread*

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Well, there are many, many reasons why we might worry about who is crossing into our country, or seeing refuge here. And with good reason, I might add.

But this piece by Sharyl Attkisson is extraordinary in that it reveals those who are charged with protecting our borders are ALSO being kept in the dark:

Updates: In other news: reports say 8 Syrians caught crossing U.S. from Mexican border Monday; 5 Syrians with stolen Greek passports caught in Honduras; DC Metro issues BOLO (Be On The Lookout) for bearded men behaving suspiciously on metro last weekend. No public indication any of those apprehended were connected to terrorist groups.

Agents with the U.S. Border Patrol are expressing frustration and anger after a group of men from Pakistan and Afghanistan was reportedly caught crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. this week. The agents say the incident was kept secret from them until they pressed their managers for information.

The group of citizens from the Mideast was reportedly captured after sneaking into Arizona on Monday, three days after the Paris attacks and four days after a double suicide bombing in Beirut, Lebanon. The terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks in both cities.

The Border Patrol would not confirm the incident officially, and declined to provide information or comment when asked about it today. Several agents working in Arizona say they were not originally briefed on the arrests but heard about it from other agents. They say the case was not presented to them in their regular intelligence briefing, and that they only received bare bones information today when they pressed their managers.

“It’s the kind of stuff you need to know,” says one agent, who asked not to be identified. He said agents were upset that the information was being kept secret from them by their own agency.

Um, YES – it IS something that these agents need to know. Why this critical information was withheld from them is mind-boggling.

But wait, there is more:

[…] “We received your request. We will contact you back once we have information for you,” wrote the Tucson Sector Border Patrol Public Affairs Office in an email.

When asked if agents were on heightened alert in light of the terrorist attacks in Beirut and Paris, one said, “Oh yeah. I know it’s coming.”

Frustration levels inside the Border Patrol have reached a peak, say some agents, with concerns that they are often effectively kept from doing the job they were trained to do: stop illegal traffic from crossing the border.

“We have people from all over the world coming to the Mexican border and claiming asylum. Since they’re not from Mexico, we can’t send them back over,” says one agent, speaking of performing his job on a daily basis. The agent spoke about his routine experience apprehending illegal immigrants.

“Since they have no criminal record in the United States, they are let into the country, and given a date to appear in court, usually months or years out. After they sign the paperwork, they’re free to go, and disappear. Because they have no criminal records, ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] can’t go looking for them since they are not ‘priorities.’ Even if ICE encounters them later on, ICE still can’t arrest them if their criminal record isn’t serious.”

“We see a lot of Somali’s, which…has a large Muslim population. In Nigeria, there is a huge contingent of Boko Haram, which is just a ruthless as ISIS. They have been slaughtering schools full of children and priests for years now. The truth is, anyone can get into this country and stay. It’s not possible that we don’t have any ISIS sympathizers here. It’s just too easy for them to get here.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

And that is why people worry about who is crossing our borders, who is seeking refuge, and who is seeking asylum. Because we just don’t know that much about them, cannot find OUT much about them, and going solely on whether they have a record in the USA or not is hardly sufficient intel.

And let’s face it – we just don’t trust this Administration to do the job, not with all of the Executive Orders Obama has signed on illegal aliens and immigration, or because of how petulant, condescending, arrogant, and snide he has been about those who oppose his amnesty/refugee policies as he demonstrated just the other day in the Philippines.

That attitude was summed up beautifully by Branco at Legal Insurrection:

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Yep, that’s about the size of it! That is how our President rolls, attacking his political opponents rather than the radical Islamist terrorists who just assassinated over a 100 people in Paris while injuring 3 times that many, who just blew a plane out of the sky killing everyone on board, and launching an attack in Beirut. Those horrible REPUBLICANS – they are the real problem.

Wow.

There are legitimate reasons to worry about just who is coming into our country and why. But people of good faith and conscience can disagree on whether to admit them or not. But the ability to do so without causing offense is an act of charity that is not always practiced. To that end, Mollie Hemingway, Senior Editor at The Federalist, has an excellent piece with three “hot-to’s” on discussing this (and other) issues. I commend this piece to you in its entirety, but it can be summed up with this statement:

[…] Forgive One Another

In any case, rather than fight about refugees that few of us will ever meet or care for apart from contributing to transfer payment programs, let’s actually take this time to care for one another. Right now, in every community, there are people who are suffering. Maybe they’re suffering from addiction or bad decisions. Maybe they’re just simply struggling to make ends meet because they’ve been abandoned by others. Maybe they just want to hear a kind word. Maybe you’re the person in need. Let’s take the time to show love to one another. Even those who have been mean to us on Facebook.

And whether you’ve been accused of trying to destroy America or not caring about orphans, forgive one another. As St. Paul wrote, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” I’m not recommending it be U.S. policy, but give it a try! (Click here to read the rest.)

And there you have it. While this doesn’t negate the very real concerns we may have, we can at least discuss it with decorum and compassion.

That’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.

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23 Responses to “This Is Why We Worry About Who Is Coming In *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    If Obama put 1/2 the energy into protecting the country and fighting terrorism as he does attacking Republicans we would all be a lot safer. He is useless as a leader and as a protector for the USA. Which incidentally, is his damn job. Not doing anti-Republican stand up routines. God how I loathe this man!

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Schakowsky thinks the Paris attacks are all about American gun control

    What fools voted for this idiot?

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    By the way, forgot to mention the absolutely brilliant Branco cartoon. The man is amazing!

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Hillary Changes Tone From Debate, Says America Must Lead Fight Against ISIS

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2015/11/19/hillary-changes-tone-from-debate-says-america-must-lead-fight-against-isis-n2082884

    Must have put her finger in the air and saw which way the wind was blowing. You have to wonder if she has any real beliefs other than money grubbing.

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Poll: As Obama Digs In, Americans Strongly Reject His Refugee Policy

    Most Americans want the U.S. to stop letting in Syrian refugees amid fears of terrorist infiltrations after the Paris attacks, siding with Republican presidential candidates, governors, and lawmakers who want to freeze the Obama administration’s resettlement program…

    Fifty-three percent of U.S. adults in the survey, conducted in the days immediately following the attacks, say the nation should not continue a program to resettle up to 10,000 Syrian refugees. Just 28 percent would keep the program with the screening process as it now exists, while 11 percent said they would favor a limited program to accept only Syrian Christians while excluding Muslims, a proposal Obama has dismissed as “shameful” and un-American.

    In other words, fully 64 percent of respondents favor the Paul Ryan or Ted Cruz approach, while less than one-third side with the president.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2015/11/19/bloomberg-poll-refugees-n2082703

    Not sure this makes any difference. A majority of Americans were/are against ObamaCare and that didn’t change anything. Media and the libs run the country to suit themselves. What the laws are and what the people want is irrelevant.

    • mcnorman Says:

      Who can support this imbecile kenosha? He’s a community organizer. The only ones supporting him are the special snowflakes.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Beats me how anyone can support him. Blacks, being the racists that most of them are, vote for him because of the color of his skin. Then you have the “white guilt” fools and the libs who think they show how wonderful they are by supporting black politicians. Unless of course the black politician is a conservative. Then all that ooey gooey love of AA goes out the window and the knives come out. They are scum IMO. They passed hypocrites and dove into scumbags some time ago.

  6. mcnorman Says:

    Many years ago, my friend converted to Islam. I asked her about what life was like in Syria…her husband’s family are Syrian. She praised Islam and how respectful and beautiful practitioners were when she visited. Then she said something very strange. She said that Muslim wives were taken care of in every aspect possible. Then came the odd part…they do the cooking because the servants will poison the family otherwise. That’s when she lost me. If your servants hate you that much and this is so common, how can this be a peaceful religion?

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Love that Rep. Trey Gowdy: http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/260743-gowdy-obama-foreign-policy-creates-more-widows-and-orphans

    The difference between him and the Dem. Reps mentioned above is night and day…

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Rep. Mia Love has endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio: http://www.ijreview.com/2015/11/475853-mia-love-endorses-her-favorite-republican-candidate-to-become-president/

  9. helenk3 Says:

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