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'Vetting' refugees: A dubious U.N. link

| Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, 9:00 p.m.

The dangerous game of refugee roulette that the Obama administration is determined to play with Middle East migrants next year is worrisome enough. Never mind the agency that actually chooses the refugees for U.S. consideration.

The selections are made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, according to the State Department's report, “Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2016.” As of mid-2015, the U.N. refugee agency had selected 15,000 Syrians for the United States, according to Investor's Business Daily.

That's reason enough for Congress to speed legislation to put some teeth into refugee screening, despite President Obama's empty assurance last week that Syrian refugees are no more threatening than “tourists.”

Security protocols for the Syrians supposedly include “biographic name checks” and “biometric (fingerprint) checks,” according to State. But exactly how are those thousands of fingerprints checked, since there are no databases in war-torn Syria?

And then there's this: The U.N. refugee organization works with an international Islamic group, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, whose founding charter supports jihad, according to Investor's Business Daily.

With the contemptible United Nations playing a key role in the so-called “vetting” process, Congress must provide the safeguards that are sorely missing from President Obama's refugee plan.

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