The Obama Administration is obstructing an investigation into more than 100 immigrants who have been implicated in terrorist operations after coming to the United States, two senators say.
At least 113 foreign-born individuals are being investigated by Congress, but they are running into roadblocks set up by the White House.
Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions said they have been pressuring the Obama Administration for several months to disclose the immigration histories of the foreign-born immigrants implicated in terrorist plots.
Federal agencies including the State Department and Homeland security have been stonewalling the efforts, refusing to provide Congress with additional information. Now, some lawmakers are wondering if the denials and stonewalling are to keep major holes in the immigration screening process from coming to light, the Washington Free Beacon is reporting.
In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry, the two senators demanded the stonewalling stop.
On August 12 and December 3, we sent letters requesting that you provide basic information regarding the immigration histories of 72 individuals in the United States who have been identified as having an affiliation with Islamic terrorism,” they write. “It has now been approximately five months since we sent our first letter, and we still do not have the requested information – despite the occurrence of a terrorist attack in San Bernardino carried out by a Muslim migrant and the child of Muslim migrants.
The American people are entitled to information on the immigration history of terrorists seeking to harm them.
Their letter pokes holes in Barack Obama’s contention that the immigrant vetting process is adequate.
We have now identified an additional 41 individuals, bringing the total to 113 individuals who have been implicated in Islamic terrorism in some manner since early 2014. Of these 113 individuals, at least 14 were initially admitted to the United States as refugees. Many more came through other immigration programs. A number of immigrant terrorists were even approved for citizenship. Others are the U.S.-born children of foreign migrants whose presence in the country would not be possible but for the immigration of their parents.
A senior congressional aide familiar with the investigation said the soaring rate of immigration is taking a toll on the U.S. security establishment.
“The cost of high rates of Muslim immigration are clear: enormous security challenges combined with vast expenses to track and convict those here attempting to wound Americans,” the source said.
The letter comes amid a debate over immigration and an Obama administration plan to boost the number of refugees granted residence in the United States. Under the administration’s plan, an additional 170,000 new migrants from Muslim-majority countries will enter the country in 2016.
Just last week, the Justice Department indicted two Iraqi refugees in the United States accused of conspiring to provide support for ISIS.
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