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The Refugee Rejections Are Ultimately a Failure of Leadership

To gain entry into the United States as a refugee, a person must wait it out in a refugee camp abroad for a minimum of six months and upwards of two years. The person or family is screened for health, connections, investigated, etc. Or at least that is how it is supposed to be. But under the Obama Administration we have seen government fail across the board.

There have been data breaches, website failures, intelligence failures, investigative failures, investigative persecutions of political opponents, withholding of records from Congress and the courts, a willingness to ignore the law knowing Republicans will do nothing about it, and the list goes on.

On top of that, Barack Obama has shown himself unwilling to admit the nation rebuked him. After both 2010 and 2014, instead of reaching across the aisle, the President gave the opposition a middle finger and took a go it alone approach.

Regarding national security, the President has seemed cavalier in his attitude and there is an investigation after CIA agents complained Administration officials were watering down intelligence reports related to ISIS.

A leader should be able to come out to the American people and address them about the Syrian refugee crisis. But on top of President Obama’s inaction causing the refugee crisis, his actions have been bitterly partisan and he has spent more time attacking Republicans and those who disagree with him than trying to make the case for a system of checks and processing in refugee camps.

The American people have no faith in President Obama’s government to get it right. The government has routinely failed to get things right. Press reports even suggest there was an intelligence failure within the American government that preceded the attacks in Paris.

Now we have members of Congress telling the world that the process within refugee camps of vetting refugees has broken down and is not really happening. Congressman Peter King of New York is just the latest to make that claim.

Nobody trusts Barack Obama to get it right, he has squandered all the good will available to him, and has so heavily engaged in partisan politics himself that partisans on the side opposite are no longer inclined to give their President the benefit of the doubt.

Thirty-one governors are now rejecting Syrian refugees in their states. President Obama could have addressed the nation, calmed nerves, and quietly reached out and explained things. Instead, he took to the world stage to announce that there really is nothing we can do to stop ISIS and he’s not much inclined to change his strategy.

The only choice the American people have, given the above, is to turn their back on refugees because the American people cannot and do not trust that President Obama’s Administration is able to exercise sound judgment and discretion relating to who gets into our country.