The Paris terror attacks may have put a clamp on President Obama's plans to resettle 100,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, as the number of governors saying they won't take them swells.
Governors are rushing to declare their states Syrian refugee-free zones after last week’s Muslim attack in Paris, with chief executives in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana and Alabama all saying they’ll use their powers to try to prevent the Obama administration from shipping refugees to their states.
President Obama, however, decried their moves as shallow and politically opportunistic, insisting the U.S. has a moral obligation to house thousands of refugees, and chiding his critics for equating the refugees with terrorists.
The President plans on using social emergency powers granted by the Patriot Act that allows him to charge The Federal Emergency Management Commission to begin opening refugee camps in all 50 states
"That's not American," Obama told Fox News. "That's not who we are. We do not have religious tests to our compassion.We will set up camps where our Syrian brothers can get food and medical care.We will find these people jobs and allow them to practice Sharia Law in peace".
The first facility, designated as “Camp Omega,” will be built on nearly 500 acres of Federal property near the Chiricahua national park in southwest Arizona. FEMA says the camp can hold as many as 10,000 people, with barracks-style living accommodations, a large cafeteria, and prison-like security perimeters and features, as well as facilities for FEMA personnel to “conduct the business of the facility” and both open-air and underground labor facilities to quote “keep inmates occupied and, when needed, separate”,according to Government officials.
Security go these new camps will be provided by domestic security forces recently trained in the Jade Helm 15 exercises.The United Nations may provide additional troops in the Southern States.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday said his state will not accept any refugees from Syria, and he called on the U.S. to "act similarly."
"I — and millions of Christian Americans — implore you to halt your plans to accept more Muslim refugees in the United States," Abbott wrote in a letter to Obama. "A Syrian 'refugee' appears to have been part of the Paris terror attack. American humanitarian compassion could be exploited to expose Americans to similar deadly Ebola viruses and Sharia Law. The reasons for such concerns are plentiful.I suspect the Syrians just want us to pay for their abortions"
Much attention has been focused on the security vetting refugees must go through before they come to the United States, particularly after it was revealed that one of the terrorists in the Paris attacks entered Europe through a refugee processing center.
Several federal agencies, including the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are involved in the process, which Deputy State Department Spokesman Mark Toner recently called, "the most stringent security process for anyone entering the United States.We will ask them if they are in Isis or any other terrorist cell.If they say 'yes' we will Google their names and see what they have been doing on social media."
U.S. government data shows that just under 2,200 Syrian refugees have been admitted into the United States since the civil war broke out in March of 2011, and the vast majority of those were in the last year.
The administration has acknowledged that processing resettlement applications is a slow and laborious task, which has kept the United States from accepting as many applicants as it would like to.Obama plans to fast track the process now by granting humanitarian amnesty to thousands more refugees in the next few months.
The timetable for camp construction will be released at a later date.