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Great! So one of the unfortunate souls we refer to as Syrian refugees escaped Louisiana and disappeared into the countryside.
He has been found in Washington, DC. Imagine that! I’m sure he just wanted to catch a Skins game or browse the Smithsonian.
Upon further investigation it has been discovered that this poor underprivileged Muslim refugee was a terrorist as recently as 2013 working for the al-Nusra Front, one of the better organized Islamic terrorist organizations in the Middle East.
Catholic Charities: One Syrian immigrant briefly settled in Baton Rouge before moving; he never went missing
Baton Rouge received one Syrian refugee over the summer, a man Catholic Charities helped for a few days before he left to meet family in another state.
Catholic Charities said Tuesday the man is the only Syrian refugee they have helped recently, and Louisiana State Police confirmed he had left Baton Rouge for Washington, D.C.
But the news of that one man set off a flood of phone calls Tuesday to the organization, especially misinformation that made some people believe the man had gone missing, Catholic Charities Executive Director David Aguillard said.
One caller even made several threats while on the phone with Catholic Charities, especially against Syrian refugees. State Police said they are investigating the threats and take them seriously.
"We're at the receiving end," Executive Director of Catholic Charities, Chad Aguillard said. "We receive them, we welcome them into our community and help them resettle. There has been a lot of commotion and fear with Syrians. The fear is justified, but we have to check that against reality."
As Catholic Charities continues to work with those less fortunate, the organization says it has helped refugees since the Vietnam War. It plans to continue to help refugees no matter where they are from.
"If we see anything suspicious, we are going to report it," Aguillard said. "We work with FBI, Homeland Security and do what we need to do to safeguard our community."
The Louisiana State Police sought to separate out fact from fiction for residents in a Facebook post Thursday "after rumors and misinformation began to run rampant and fear began to spread" about the state's refugee resettlement program. State Police Col. Mike Edmonson wrote that he had spoken personally with a representative from Baton Rouge's chapter of Catholic Charities, which works with the State Department to place refugees in Louisiana.
"We quickly learned that the refugee placed in Baton Rouge was relocated through official channels to the Washington D.C. area," Edmonson wrote.
The Baton Rouge refugee was one of just 14 Syrians confirmed by the State Department to have relocated to Louisiana since Jan. 1, according to The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Officials with Catholic Charities told The Baton Rouge Advocate that the refugee, who records show arrived in the U.S. between June and July, stayed in the city for just a few days before traveling to Washington, D.C. to be with family. The man submitted the required paperwork to the federal government before relocating, the officials said.
originally posted by: matafuchs
If someone wants to enter this country there should be a 7 day waiting period
Refugees must undergo an 18- to 24-month screening process, minimum, that the United Nations' refugee arm oversees. And that's before individual countries even begin to consider a refugee's application and conduct their own additional interviews and background checks.
Refugees also have their retinas scanned and have their fingerprints lifted.
After a rigorous screening process and several interviews carried out by the U.N. refugee agency, refugees the U.S. agrees to consider for resettlement have to undergo an additional interview, medical evaluation and security screening.
According to one U.S. government official, there's an additional layer of vetting that's specific to Syrian applicants, including special briefings for interviewers and information from the U.S. intelligence community.
The security screening involves checks against several government agencies' databases and terrorist watch lists using biographic and biometric information. It's a process Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman, recently called "the most stringent security process for anyone entering the United States."
And Syrian refugees get an additional, more targeted layer of screening involving the U.S. Intelligence agency, according to a government official.