Iraqi terror suspects latest examples of flawed refugee vetting system

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Al Hardan and Al-Jayab are just two examples among a number of terrorists who have come into the country under the refugee program.
Article author: 
Malia Zimmerman
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Fox News
Article date: 
24 October 2016
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National News
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Two Iraqi men who allegedly lied their way past U.S. immigration officials and continued their terrorist-related activities after being admitted as refugees are the latest evidence that a flawed screening process is putting Americans at risk, critics say...

“These latest cases of refugees who turned out to be terrorists confirm that it is simply impossible for our screening system to detect all those who are a threat,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, DC-based research institute. “These two men should never have been admitted ...

Over the last seven years, more than 100,000 Iraqi refugees have been granted refugee status in the U.S., and President Obama has granted nearly 13,000 Syrians the same ...

[...] Claude Arnold, a retired U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, said historically hundreds of war criminals have entered the U.S. as refugees pretending they were victims when they were actually perpetrators. The stakes are much higher with terrorists trying to use our refugee program to do us harm, Arnold said ...

Al Hardan and Al-Jayab are just two examples among a number of terrorists who have come into the country under the refugee program, Vaughan said, noting a recent Senate report, highlighted on FoxNews.com, said there are “dozens” of refugees convicted of terror-related crimes.

They include Mohanad Shareef Hammadi and Waad Ramadan Alwan, two Iraqi refugees in Bowling Green, Ky., whose prints were found on unexploded IEDs in Iraq, and who had a history of using IEDs to attack U.S. soldiers in Iraq ...

Related: Fact check: Claims 'no refugees' since 9/11 took part in terror plots ring false