Barbara Strack is President Obama's chief of the Refugee Affairs Division at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service of the Department of Homeland Security. That's a fancy title that would at least indicate some cursory knowledge about refugees. But that couldn't have been further from the truth, as evidenced in Thursday's Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest investigating Obama's plan to open our borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees over the next two years.
One of the top concerns about any refugee coming into the United States is whether or not they have ties to terrorism or are radical Islamists. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, also the Congressional subcommittee's chairman, knows the importance of knowing and monitoring these connections with these asylum seekers. He asked Mrs. Strack if she could confirm that Dzhokhar and Tamerian Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombers, were in fact refugees. Her response was a bit on the shocking side:
I would need to check with my colleagues, sir.
As a help to Strack, The Daily Caller published a bit of background on the Tsarnaevs to freshen her memory.
...the Boston bombers actually were refugees, with their parents arriving in the U.S. on tourist visas in 2002 and then claiming asylum on the basis that their ties to Chechnya could expose them to persecution back in Russia. Once their parents were given asylum, the two boys and their sisters were able to also receive asylum by extension.
That asylum was upgraded to legal permanent residency in 2007. In 2013, the brothers bombed the Boston Marathon, throwing the city into panic and ultimately killing five people.
In all, the Obama administration is allotting for 200,000 refugees over the next two years, and at least 10,000 from Syria. They will begin arriving next year. Looks like they have the right people in charge over these asylum seekers to make sure Americans will remain safe.