DHS Secretary Doesn’t Know How Many People Mistakenly Granted Citizenship Were From Iran, Syria, Libya

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by SUSAN JONES

 

On Sept. 8, the Homeland Security Department’s inspector-general reported that  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858  individuals who were under deportation or removal orders.

On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress the actual number is “somewhere around” 750. But Johnson could not say how many of them were from countries known to be havens for terrorists.

“Were any of them from special interest countries?” Sen. Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Homeland  Security Committee, asked Johnson.

“Not off hand,” Johnson replied. “I — I can’t — I can’t give you that breakdown offhand. It is a — I suspect it is a knowable fact, which we can provide you.”

Johnson said a process to “denaturalize” those people is now under way. “And we’re going to continue to do that.”

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“Were any of them from Iran, Syria, or Libya?” Sasse asked Johnson.

“I’d have to check. I don’t know sitting here right now, sir,” the secretary responded.

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America Doesn’t Need More Jihadists

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We now know that two foreign nationals who received refuge in this country – one from Somalia, the other from Afghanistan – are implicated in the jihadist attacks that took place over the weekend in Minnesota, New York and New Jersey.

One might be forgiven for thinking that these timely reminders of the dangers associated with reckless refugee resettlement and immigration policies would induce President Obama to refrain from exacerbating our resulting, parlous position.

That would, of course, require him to put national security and public safety ahead of his ideologically driven desire for a legacy that fundamentally transforms America. So, as they say in New York, fugged about it.

We need a national course-correction. If Congress foolishly funds the President’s proposal to import potentially hundreds of thousands more jihadists, Americans will have to seize upon the opportunity to reject it at the polls in November.

Obama Uses UN to Bypass Senate’s Treaty Consent Authority

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Paris Agreement on climate change, Obama did not even go through the motions. He bypassed Congress altogether

President Obama has just committed his most flagrant violation of the U.S. Constitution to date. He purported to commit the United States to a legally binding treaty without first obtaining consent by two thirds of the Senators present, as required under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution. Obama is using the United Nations to end run the Senate with regard to the Paris Agreement on climate change negotiated last December.

Last week, Obama submitted an instrument to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, for deposit with the UN, which he claims signifies official “acceptance” of the Paris Agreement by the United States. Obama said he and China’s President Xi Jinping together decided to “commit formally to joining the agreement ahead of schedule.”

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Obama Will Sign the Climate Change Treaty — a Massive Redistribution of US Wealth to the UN

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Barack Obama secretly negotiated a climate change treaty, not with Congress, but with some of the world’s most oppressive foreign leaders in the U.N. The treaty, which he plans to sign without Senate ratification, requires the U.S. to donate resources and wealth to the world’s developing countries to be distributed by the statists in the U.N. We’ve already committed $100 million.

Within days, Obama will likely sign the treaty without Senate ratification. When Obama attends the G20 summit in Hangzhou, the climate change treaty will be on the agenda.

Erasing the Senate’s treaty powers is no longer a leftist pipe dream.

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Obama Admin Won’t Tell Congress How It Paid Iran $1.3 Billion in Taxpayer Funds

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The Obama administration is withholding from Congress details about how $1.3 billion in U.S. taxpayer funds was delivered to Iran, according to conversations with lawmakers, who told the Washington Free Beacon that the administration is now stonewalling an official inquiry into the matter.

The Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice have all rebuffed a congressional probe into the circumstances surrounding the $1.3 billion payment to Iran, which is part of an additional $400 million cash payout that occurred just prior to the release of several U.S. hostages and led to accusations that the administration had paid Iran a ransom.

The Obama administration has admitted in recent days that the $400 million cash delivery to Iran was part of an effort to secure the release of these American hostages, raising further questions on Capitol Hill about White House efforts to suppress these details from the public.

The $400 million was part of a $1.7 billion legal settlement reached with Iran earlier this year. Congressional inquiries into how this money reached Iran are failing to get answers.

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We can’t afford to give terrorists a one-way ticket back to the battlefield

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Last week the Obama Administration approved its largest-ever release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, sending 15 extremists back into the world.

By now, the pattern has become familiar:  the President lets hardened terrorists go free, Congress and the American people express outrage, and the White House ignores the uproar.

But the grave risks of this policy cannot be ignored.  The President is giving terrorists a one-way ticket back to the battlefield.

In fact, officials have confirmed to Congress that some former detainees are responsible for attacking or killing Americans since being freed.  Yet, incredibly, the releases persist.

Not only does the President’s rush to open Gitmo’s jail cells allow fighters to keep waging war against us, it also gives the jihadist A-team a chance to mentor a new generation of radicals.

“Outrageous” hardly describes the non-logic of this policy.  What Commander-in-Chief lets the enemy return to the fight in the middle of a war?

But that’s just the problem—the President doesn’t believe we’re fighting one.

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U.S. ‘Debt Held by Public’ Tops $14,000,000,000,000; Up 122% Under Obama

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The federal government’s “debt held by the public”-as opposed to its “intragovernmental debt”-has topped $14,000,000,000,000 for the first time in history, according to the latest numbers released by the U.S. Treasury.

As of the close business on Aug. 10, the “debt held by the public” was $13,987,862,462,404.79, according to the Treasury. By the close of business on Aug. 11, it had risen to $14,012,831,105,933.15. By close of business on Aug. 12, it had increased again, hitting $14,012,909,909,536.53.

When President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009, the federal government’s debt held by the public was $6,307,310,739,681.66.

Since then, it has increased by $7,705,599,169,854.87-or 122 percent.

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