Open Letter to the Montgomery County Council
By J. Alexandra Tuttle
No one would deny that it is absolutely heartbreaking seeing the pictures of men, women and children, fleeing their homes from the ongoing battle in their Syrian homeland. Unfortunately, this grim reality is not an isolated incident. Take a look at the UN refugee website – people are being persecuted all over the world, without end in sight!
A few weeks ago, in response to the Syrian refugee crisis, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and the nine County Council members sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, announcing that they are ready to accept resettled Syrian refugees in our county.
This letter comes on the heels of Governor Hogan’s announcement that he was joining with 30 other governors by not accepting Syrian refugees due to ongoing concerns at this time about an ineffective vetting process.
We should all find it offensive that President Obama and others have been “schooling” and mocking the American people about being “afraid of women and children” refugees, simply because many have legitimate concerns about this vetting process. I find it equally offensive that we are being told that turning away refugees is “just not who we are.” Our country and county have always welcomed refugees from all over the world; however, we are facing circumstances now that are far different than in the past.
It is clear that the Federal Government has no effective way of vetting Syrian refugees and separating innocents from those who are determined to destroy us. It is chilling to hear testimony from Director Comey of the Federal Bureau of Investigations that “we do not have resources properly to vet all these Syrian refugees coming into this country.”
So far, no one has identified the existence of an information database for these Syrian refugees – and it is highly unlikely that such a database exists in Syria, a failed state that has been in the midst of a brutal civil war for years and a state for which the U.S. has “no footprint on the ground.” Even if such a database exists, it would likely not contain reliable information that is needed.
Moreover, ISIS has announced to the world that they are infiltrating refugees (from Syria and elsewhere) – a claim that has not been refuted by the U.S. Government or anti-terrorism experts. While it is possible that many of these Syrian refugees have absolutely no association with ISIS, why are we not listening to them?
And, why on earth would the President and now the County Executive and Council Members take such a risk with our lives?
Common sense tells us that since we have open borders and lack a comprehensive vetting process for refugees, when ISIS and their proxies are telling us that that they are coming to anywhere, any town, USA, to kill us, then we should believe it .Their words and their actions should leave no doubt. To ignore these warnings is foolhardy.
Executive Leggett and County Council Members: The ISIS threat to us is real and with their Machiavellian approach of the ends justifies the means, you better believe that ISIS will use the deaths of all men, women and children to achieve their goal. Please reverse course before it is too late.