This is a very well thought out and well reasoned article that explains thoroughly the process involved in vetting potential refugees, and also provides a very lucid perspective on what is a very hot button and emotional issue right now. To further lend credence to the article’s thesis, consider that the Cato Institute is a libertarian organization with strong right political leanings that was co-founded by one of the Koch brothers. The bottom line: it would be very difficult and arduous for a terrorist to infiltrate this way, especially when there are far easier options they can take advantage of.
Other key points from the article:
• Since 2001 there have been 859,629 refugees admitted into the U.S…of which three were convicted of planning terrorists attacks outside of the U.S. That’s 1 for every 286,543 people. Consider that about 1 in every 22,541 American citizens committed murder in 2014 alone.
• It can take up to three years for a given refugee to complete the vetting process. During that entire time, they remain in whatever refugee camp they registered in outside of the U.S.
• In 2015, only 22.3% of Syrian refugees admitted were males of “fighting age” (i.e., 14 to 40).
• Terrorists who are intent on attacking in the U.S. have other options (like tourist visas, student visas, and business visas) that are all cheaper, easier, and more likely to succeed as opposed to trying to sneak in as a refugee.
I’m not expecting to change anybody’s mind with this post, as I realize certain people are locked in to their positions and will question the veracity of this article’s facts, or more likely dismiss them as irrelevant. But I also know there are a lot of people who are still on the fence, and this article is very helpful in laying out the process in a very thorough way without emotional platitudes.