President Barack Obama has achieved his goal of resettling 10,000 refugees from Syria – and then some. Only 56 of the refugees brought in have been Christian — that’s a half a percent — despite 10 percent of Syria’s population being Christian. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to halt refugee resettlement from Syria, as he fears the threat of terrorists slipping through the cracks is far too high.Meanwhile, Obama has been orchestrating a secret deal to bring in 2,500 more before Trump takes office.
The refugees in question have been rejected by Australia – and Obama has classified details on the refugees. Those refugees are from Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and are predominantly male. Sound suspicious? That’s because it is.As The Daily Caller reported: Senate and House Judiciary chairmen called on the White House Tuesday to declassify the details of a secret agreement to accept some 2,000 refugees currently held in off-shore detention camps by Australia. The vast majority of the refugees housed in these camps are from the Middle East and have so far been rejected for resettlement by Australia. The reasons behind their rejection have not been made public. The White House has agreed to resettle many of them in the U.S., but in an unprecedented move, has classified the details of the plan.
If the reasons they’ve been rejected aren’t being made public, is it much of a stretch to assume that it’s for a reason the American public wouldn’t be thrilled with?
Republicans Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Bob Goodlatte raised concerns about the classification of the details following news of the agreement in November, and said Congress should have been consulted about the agreement. They attended a close-door brief with White House officials on details of the deal, which they said has convinced them there is “absolutely … no reason” for the specifics of the plan to be kept a secret from the American public.
“It is now absolutely apparent to us that there was no reason for the agreement to be classified from the outset, and that it should not continue to be classified,” Grassley and Goodlatte wrote in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security. “To that end, we request that you declassify the document outlining the agreement so that the American people can read it.”
Grassley and Goodlatte say there’s no reason for the details to be kept a secret, but there’s likely a very good political reason why. The fact that Obama is doing this with less than two months left in his presidency, and the details are secretive should be a hint he’s up to something nobody would approve of.[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]