Tom Garrett: Latest terror attacks evidence of inability to vet refugees

tom garrettThis week the Department of Homeland Security admitted to mistakenly granting citizenship to 858 immigrants who had previously received orders for deportation or removal from the United States.

This report came directly following a weekend that saw bombings in both New Jersey and New York with a suspect of Afghani descent. Early reports indicate that he had previously been reported by his own father as a terrorist in 2014.

That attack followed another breaking story where a twice-deported El-Salvadorian was charged in a brutal Maryland murder, allegedly stabbing a victim some 40 times.

Another story emerging this weekend was that of a Somali-born refugee who stabbed 10 people in the name of Allah before being shot by an off-duty policeman. He was the 129th naturalized refugee to be charged with terror since 9/11; add in illegal immigrants and those on temporary visas and the number climbs to 148.

In response, Fifth District GOP nominee Tom Garrett issued the following statement:

“Just last year, FBI Director James Comey stated the FBI was not capable of properly vetting refugees from war-torn countries, yet Democrats continue to welcome these individuals in mass numbers. Couple this with the influx of illegal immigrants pouring across our southern border and the potential threat to the homeland grows exponentially.

“The left would have the American people believe that these issues do not put our national security at risk – but that is inherently false. As a veteran of the U.S. Army, I can tell you that the key to defeating the enemy is first properly identifying them – something the Obama administration has failed to do for seven years,” Garrett said.

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