By Michael Patrick Leahy
Rasmussen Reports released a poll on Tuesday that shows “voters reject Obama’s new Middle East refugee plan.”
News of widespread public opposition to more refugees comes three days after Saturday’s stabbing of ten Americans in a St. Cloud, Minnesota mall by Somali refugee Dahir Adan, and the bombings in New York and New Jersey, allegedly perpetrated by Afghan immigrant and likely refugee Ahmad Khan Rahami.
It also comes on the same day the Obama administration snubbed Congress by refusing to appear at statutorily required Senate hearings to testify about the proposed increase in refugees and as President Obama is in New York City, speaking to the United Nations about globalism. On Monday, the United Nations General Assembly held a Summit for Refugees and Migrants along with representatives of the politically powerful, federally funded, resettlement industry.
Tuesday evening in New York City “the Clinton Foundation is honoring a Palestinian teacher whose husband is a convicted terrorist.”
The immigration and refugee policies and actions of the Obama administration, the Clinton Foundation, and Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appear to be wildly at odds with public sentiment.
“Voters strongly oppose President Obama’s plan to bring 110,000 Middle Eastern and African refugees to this country next year, up from 85,000 this year, and view that decision as an increased danger to U.S. national security,” the poll concluded.
Seventy-four percent of likely voters oppose increasing the number of refugees from 85,000 in FY 2016 to the 110,000 President Obama has proposed for FY 2017. Only 18 percent of likely voters approve of the proposed increase, or think it is too little.
Forty-eight percent of likely voters “believe the United Should should take in no additional refugees from those areas.”
Among the 26 percent of voters who oppose President Obama’s proposal to increase the number of refugees from 85, 000 annually, but do not agree with the 48 percent who favor no refugees, “Fourteen percent (14%) think 25,000 would be all right, while six percent (6%) favor letting in 50,000 of these refugees. Six percent (6%) support 85,000 newcomers from the Middle East and Africa.”
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest, released this statement on Tuesday after discovering that the Obama administration, at the last minute, was snubbing Congress and would not appear at today’s previously scheduled hearings on the proposed increase in refugees:
Despite having sufficient notice of a statutorily required hearing regarding its plans for the Refugee Admissions Program in Fiscal Year 2017, the Obama Administration has once again elected to subordinate both its relationship with Congress and the legitimate concerns of the American people to advance the agenda of the United Nations.
The Department of State claims that not one official is available to appear at tomorrow’s scheduled hearing due to this week’s United Nations General Assembly and Summit for Refugees and Migrants. The Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services have also refused to attend tomorrow’s hearing in a strange display of bureaucratic solidarity with the Department of State’s indefensible decision.
The American people deserve explanations about the Administration’s reckless plans to admit 110,000 refugees beginning on October 1, 2016. They demand that their leaders end the lawlessness and abuses in the Refugee Admissions Program, and that their leaders place the safety and security of this country first.
The Rasmussen Reports Poll also found that:
Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters believe increasing the number of Middle Eastern and African refugees next year poses an increased national security risk to the United States. Twenty-eight percent (28%) disagree.
Voters were similarly opposed and concerned about the national security threat of bringing Syrian refugees here this year, but Obama did it anyway, citing humanitarian concerns and the pressures these immigrants were putting on our European allies. The administration even sped the vetting process for these refugees in order to hit the president’s goal of bringing at least 10,000 here in 2016.
The wording of the questions was:
1. President Obama plans to increase the number of Middle Eastern and African refugees to the United States to 110,000 next year, up from 85,000 this year. How many refugees from these parts of the world should the United States take in next year—none, 25,000, 50,000, 85,000, 110,000, or more than 110,000?
2. Does increasing the number of Middle Eastern and African refugees next year pose an increased national security risk to the United States?
The national survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters was conducted on Sunday, September 18, and Monday, September 19, shortly after Saturday’s terrorist attacks in Minnesota, New York and New Jersey.