New intelligence has emerged about radical Muslim terrorists targeting American refugee programs to enter the country—and it appears to support Donald Trump.
Texas Republican Rep. Michael McCaul disclosed parts of a classified letter from the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) on Monday, which contains new information that the Obama administration has withheld from the public.
“Individuals with ties to terrorist groups in Syria [are] attempting to gain entry to the U.S. through the U.S. refugee program,” the letter said, The Hill reported Monday.
“The refugee system, like all immigration programs, is vulnerable to exploitation from extremist groups seeking to send operatives to the West,” the letter added. It also referenced the fact that a small number of Iraqi refugees were arrested on terror charges in 2010.
This new revelation seems to offer some hard evidence behind billionaire GOP candidate Trump’s proposal, which has been almost universally criticized for being too extreme. Trump proposed shutting down all Muslim immigration to the United States, and refusing re-entry to Muslims (even citizens) who leave the country.
McCaul revealed NCTC’s letter during a speech at the National Defense University. The White House offered no direct response, but Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended the government’s screening process.
“Those individuals who seek to enter the United States through the refugee resettlement program do so only after undergoing the most intensive screening of anybody who attempts to enter the United States,” Earnest told reporters on Monday.
In what has been widely called the “mulligan” address from the Oval Office Sunday evening, President Obama tried to reassure Americans that his strategies are working. “The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it,” the president said.
McCaul took the opposite view. “I believe the state of our homeland is increasingly not secure,” he said, promising Congress will do more to tighten our immigration policies.
“This is just the beginning,” he said. “Over the coming weeks, we will introduce a slate of new bills” to keep terrorists out, based on recommendations from a bipartisan Congressional task force. Instead of a task force, if they simply asked Trump, he would tell Congress exactly how he’d do that.