Federal law enforcement resources are “already stretched to the limit” states Nathan Catura, President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, and he has issued a warning and a reminder to President Barack Obama that while there is”no effective means or magical litmus test to assess prospective terrorists hidden among the throngs of refugees applying for entry into the United States,” there also are 48,000 homeless American veterans on the streets who need “shelter, food, clothing and mental healthcare.”
Refugee Security risk
With reports that “ISIS terrorists have infiltrated the masses of Syrian refugees and are bragging on social media how easy it was to enter and exit the European Union (EU) from Syria or other Middle Eastern countries,” said Catura in an official statement, “[i]f our government admits these refugees, it will create a critical situation for the security of the American people. The truth of the matter is there is no effective means or magical litmus test to assess prospective terrorists hidden among the throngs of refugees applying for entry into the United States.
Referencing recent terror attacks, Catura asks and then answers a question. “How would our government distinguish men and women of military age from true refugees with those intending harm to the American public? The hard, cold truth is there is no way to do it.”
Catura has more to say, however, beyond the security risks. He reminds those in federal government branches and leadership about the the tens of thousands of veterans, returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, who are living on the streets. “All one needs to do is look at how our military veterans have been treated since returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan to know the truth. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are about 48,000 homeless American veterans living on the streets of America today. How does our country, in good faith, over-extend our limited resources to take in any refugees when our veterans are in dire need of shelter, food, clothing and mental healthcare? Additionally, there are currently over 2 million homeless children in America. The sad truth is that taking care of Americans first has been lost in this debate.”
Refugee ‘safe zones’
Commending the “pause” idea on the refugees, Catura also offered his suggestions on what to do. “While we continue to wrestle with solutions for taking care of our homeless veterans, perhaps the President should pursue the idea of working with our allies to establish a safe zone in Syria for the refugees.”
In conclusion of the statements to the press, Catura adds that “[t]he men and women in federal law enforcement are not dispassionate towards those seeking to escape persecution. However, our compassion is first for Americans, in particular our homeless veterans who risked their lives to protect our freedoms. We respectfully ask the White House to reconsider its position and not betray the unwavering priority of Americans first.”