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Kirby: Always a Chance a Terrorist Could Slip in With Refugees

By    |   Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016 12:48 PM

The Obama administration will likely achieve its goal of bringing in 85,000 refugees during fiscal year 2016, and though it believes it's being done appropriately, there is always the chance a terrorist could slip through, Admiral John Kirby admitted.

However, the spokesperson for Secretary of State John Kerry told Fox News the process is "stringent."

"I wouldn't debate the fact there's the potential for ISIS terrorists to try to insert themselves," Kirby told "Fox & Friends" program Wednesday. "And we've seen that in some of the refugee camps in Jordan and Turkey, where they tried to insert themselves into the population. Again, the vetting process, while not perfect, is very, very stringent. It can take up to two years for a single refugee to make it to the country."

President Barack Obama has already talked about bringing the total number of total refugees to more than 100,000 in fiscal year 2017, Kirby said, and people should feel good about those numbers.

"We have big hearts, and it's a part of American DNA to be a refuge for people in need," Kirby said. "I would tell you that more than 10,000 now Syrian refugees that we've admitted into the country by this month have all been extremely and very stridently vetted."

Further, the Syrian refugees coming in are the "most vulnerable individuals," said Kirby, and he strongly disagrees with complaints that there are fighting-age men in their ranks.

"Eight out of ten of the more than 10,000 Syrian refugees we've admitted are women and children," said Kirby. "Of the men that make up the remainder, most of them are connected to families. No. 2, they are going through a very serious inter-agency vetting process, the most that any refugee goes through. Is it perfect? Can it be perfect? Can it be foolproof? Probably not, no. But it is very, very serious."

Meanwhile, he wouldn't comment on the ongoing investigation into accused New York City bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami, whose parents brought him and their family to the United States when he was a small child.

"It's a criminal investigation," said Kirby. "I won't get ahead of that. I can tell you that since the '70s, we've admitted millions of refugees. A fraction of 1 percent of them were sent out of the country because of terrorist or violent criminal behavior. So it's not a refugee problem necessarily. What we do have to worry about and what is a serious concern is this ISIL-inspired narrative that actually attracts people to self-radicalize for whatever reason."

Kirby also discussed the ongoing situation in Syria, saying the United States is holding Russia responsible for airstrikes on a humanitarian convoy heading into war-torn, besieged Aleppo.

"Russia made a commitment that they would influence [Syrian Leader Bashar al-] Assad to do the right thing and to abide by the cessation of hostilities," said Kirby. "The leaders of the international Syria support group yesterday recommended trying to move forward with this same arrangement, this arrangement that we're going to try to get a cease-fire in place in and around Aleppo."

Meanwhile, he said he did not want to speak about decisions made during past Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's time in office to place some 194 donors on advisory boards.

"I won't speak for the decisions they made when Secretary Clinton was secretary of state," said Kirby. "What I can tell you is these advisory boards are important. They do help us do a better job at the State Department, and we look for people to be members of the boards that have diverse backgrounds."

Kerry, though, has been "very, very open and forthright about admitting we can do a better job with our records management," said Kirby. "We want to be more transparent."

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