Obama Makes it Easier for Syrians, Harder for Israelis to Enter US

By IAfrica
In World News
Mar 9th, 2014


Obama has his priorities in order. He’s making it easier for Syrians with terrorist ties to enter the United States. And he’s making it harder for young Israelis.

The Obama administration is quietly making it easier for people with tangential connections to terror groups to receive refugee status or asylum in the United States.

Barack Obama’s administration announced on Wednesday that it had eased some immigration rules to allow more of the millions of Syrians forced from their homes during the country’s three-year civil war to come to the United States.

The rules changes granted exemptions on a case by case basis to the “material support” bar in U.S. immigration law, according to an announcement in the Federal Register signed by Secretary of State John Kerry and Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of Homeland Security.

That bar had made it impossible for anyone who had provided any support to armed rebel groups to come to the United States, even if the groups themselves receive aid from Washington.

Two new exemptions to the Immigration and Nationality Act published in the Federal Register Wednesday by the Departments of Homeland Security and State mean that who provided “insignificant” or “limited” material support for terror groups will no longer be automatically denied eligibility from asylum or refugee status.

What’s a little material support for terrorists between pals anyway? So long as none of the Israelis get in.

According to Schumer, this unofficial policy has been in place for 2-3 years, and has been extended to include not just Israelis who are seeking to travel after completing their compulsory military service, but also to include all Israeli nationals who are of student age. According to State, the Israel visa refusal rate for Fiscal Year 2013 was 9.7%. This is up from a refusal rate of 5.4% in Fiscal Year 2012 and as low as 2.5% in 2007.

When my staff asked your staff why this arbitrary policy toward Israel was in place, we were informed that the State Department is concerned that these young Israeli nationals were going to violate the terms of their visas by, for example, selling Dead Sea cosmetics at shopping malls across the United States. Needless to say, even if there is a concern that a small segment of a group will violate their visas, this is no reason to have a policy of presumptively denying visas for an entire group of foreign nationals from one of our most important allies and global partners in the world.

I don’t think you can overstate the national security threat of selling Dead Sea cosmetics in shopping malls. It’s not something minor like helping Al Qaeda.

It’s Dead Sea cosmetics. They’re probably lethal.

Obama lifted the HIV immigration ban in 2009. He’s pushing hard to legalize millions of illegal aliens. He has unilaterally and illegally legalized large numbers of younger illegal aliens.

Last year Obama ended post 9/11 visa restrictions on Saudi Arabia. But no one can accuse him of a lack of vigilance and concern for national security as long as he keeps Israelis out of America.

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