If U.S. admits more Syrian refugees, terrorists could come with them: N.Y. Rep. Peter King
Rep. Peter King, invoking the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing, warned against the wholesale admission of Syrian migrants into the United States.
“I do have a real concern that terrorists could be coming in with the refugees,” said King, chairman of a Homeland Security subcommittee on terrorism and intelligence.
“Obviously, we have to take refugees,” he told the Daily News. “But we have to be extremely diligent, very careful.”
The Long Island Republican cited the April 15, 2013, bombing at the Boston Marathon by a pair of radicalized brothers — ethnic Chechens who came to the U.S. from the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan.
Three innocent people were killed and more than 260 injured by the twin blasts near the race’s finish line.
“All you have to do is have a handful of ISIS or Al Qaeda coming in with (the Syrians) and we’ve got our own disaster on our hands,” King said.
The U.S. has come under criticism over its current plan to admit just 1,800 Syrians by the end of 2015 — or .004% of the 364,000 migrants who have fled to Europe this year.
King said he understood the widespread calls for compassion, but added they need to be tempered by the realities of our times.
“The impulse is to say, ‘My God, we have to do something,’” King acknowledged. “But in our hurry to get it done, I don’t want innocent Americans killed.
“It’s such a confused situation on the ground there ... Not to trivialize it, but we have to find a way to walk and chew gum at the same time. We have to help refugees, but we have to find a way to vet them.”