New Effort Underway to Expose Secret Placement of Refugees in The U.S.
President Obama has vowed to increase the number of refugees accepted into the United States by a huge margin in 2016 and 2017. But before Congress or anyone lets the president do such a thing, it's important to understand the Obama Administration's strategy when it comes to refugees.
That's why the government watchdog group Judicial Watch is filing a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request for the Obama Administration to release its plan for shuffling migrants across the United States.
To-date America has accepted an average of 70,000 refugees per year. They come from European nations, the Middle East, and Asia. But Obama wants to increase that number to approximately 85,000 refugees next year and approach 100,000 refugees in 2017.
While most good-hearted, religious Americans aren't opposed to accepting refugees into the United States or at least extending a helping hand to a person in need, Obama's plan lacks public transparency as well as the information needed to make good decisions about what refugees to allow into the country.
According to Judicial Watch, requests for information about how states and cities are selected as destinations for refugees have been denied. For all of his promises of a transparent government, President Obama's plan has been given no daylight and no chance for American citizens to vet the decisions.
Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, said that the lack of response from the Obama-led State Department was distressing. "This shows once again this administration, which said it would be the most transparent in history, is willing to break the law and use secrecy with impunity to cover up information," Fitton said.
Besides not being transparent about his refugee resettlement plan, Obama also hasn't proved to American citizens that the federal government has the ability to properly screen refugees for terrorists. That, more than transparency, is the biggest fault of an increased number of refugees entering the country.