Once they came expecting nothing more than a chance. The Statue of Liberty welcomed the “tired, poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” that came to America with nothing more than the clothes on their back and a dream to escape persecution, poverty and oppression.

They came by ship, disembarked at Ellis Island in New York and stood in line. They waited for medical exams and legal interviews, providing information about their backgrounds, their skills, the name of a character witness, their finances and their prospects.

Most were welcomed; some had to return home.

And most of those immigrants went to work, opened businesses, sent their children to school, went to war and voted – they became Americans.

Charlie Chaplin, Albert Einstein, Bob Hope, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the composer who wrote ‘White Christmas’ Irving Berlin all immigrated to America.

In 2016, however, coming to America is an entirely different experience.

Gone is the idea of having to make a formal entry, of asking for permission to be admitted. Instead, people stream across porous borders, overstay visas and falsify identities to enter and remain in the United States unlawfully.

Anyone watching events unfold in Europe knew that Islamic jihadists would seize the opportunity to infiltrate the ranks of the thousands of genuine refugees, but now, even State Department spokesman John Kirby has admitted that Islamic terrorists are posing as refugees for the purpose of gaining unlawful entry to the U.S. to conduct jihad, as he tried to justify President Obama’s plan to admit 110,000 new refugees in the next year, saying the vetting process is “good, but I wouldn’t debate the fact that there’s the potential for ISIS terrorists to try to insert themselves.”

John Brennan, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has stated, “ISIL… is probably exploring a variety of means for infiltrating operatives into the West, including in refugee flows, smuggling routes and legitimate methods of travel.”

As Obama ignores these warnings, endangered Americans listen when the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, says simply, “We don’t obviously put it past the likes of ISIL to infiltrate operatives among these refugees… That is a huge concern of ours.”

 

 

 

 

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