Corey WilsonSunday,4 October 2015

Am I surprised that a Republican representative has written an article for Fox News? Of course not. Am I surprised that it’s about immigrants? Of course not. Am I surprised that Rep. Brian Babin mentioned studies and data, but never cited them? Especially not.

Recently, Rep. Babin wrote an article for Fox News plugging his Resettlement Accountability National Security Act (H.R. 3314). The act would “suspend the Refugee Act [Jimmy Carter: 1980] while the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducts a cost assessment and Congress reviews the national security risks posed by the program.”

The unsubstantiated claims start almost immediately, but so too does the incoherence. Just five paragraphs in, Babin writes:

“One would assume that faith-based groups would give consideration to those [immigrants] persecuted for their faith.”

Now, up until this point, no faith-based group has been mentioned. Unless he’s talking about the private agencies whose programs lack governmental oversight and are free from the Freedom of Information Act.

He goes on to say:

“However – according to the data I have seen – despite the many Christians who face the constant threat of beheadings, burnings, slavery and property confiscation, fewer than five percent of the refugees are Christian.”

So I think he’s talking about actual faith-based groups (religious groups). Unforunately, that’s the last we hear about faith-based groups and Christians for the remainder of the article. Did he just plug this part to get Christians in a fuss? Hmm. I hope his legislation reads a lot better than this article does.

Let’s get back to the unsubstantiated claims though. I understand that Babin is old and likely isn’t completely familiar with the way the internet works. However, Fox News does know how it works. Yet over and over again I see articles written without hyperlinks to their sources. Laziness? Maybe, but bullshit nonetheless.

So, I’m going to do Babin’s goddamn work for him (as usual), and see if any of these infinite, unlinked claims are true.

“Over 70 percent of these Syrian refugees are males between the age of 20 and 30, the exact people who should be fighting for their own country, while only 13 percent are women and 15 percent children. The radical jihadi attacks in Garland, Texas and Chattanooga, Tenn. demonstrate that the risk to America is real.”

I presume the remaining two-percent are plague rats or locust (to maintain his end-times tone). I couldn’t find any source for those numbers. I didn’t look very hard, however, because I’m more concerned with that last sentence—the one I bolded.

I assume his point is that it’s dangerous to accept Syrian refugees that are males between 20 and 30 because there’s a chance they could be sleeper-soldiers who are just waiting for the perfect moment to attack. Is that correct? He then mentions Garland, Texas, as proof that this happens.

Unfortunately (for him), not all people with dem foreign soundin’ names are actually foreign. Both Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi are Americans—they were born in America. He also mentioned Chattanooga, and Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. He migrated to the US in 1996, when he was six-years-old. He was a child and part of Babin’s forsaken minority.

“Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) shows that among Middle East refugees accepted into the U.S. between 2008 and 2013, 91 percent received food stamps, 73 percent received Medicaid or Refugee Medical Assistance and 68 percent received cash welfare payments. Alarmingly, criminals and terrorists can exploit this refugee loophole by taking advantage of insufficient screening and vetting before entering the U.S. In fact, ISIS is already doing so.”

Again, looks like his numbers are correct [hold for applause]. My question is how the hell does ISIS take advantage of Medicaid and food stamps? I Googled and Googled and found nothing.

I don’t understand how they could exploit Medicaid unless they’re all injuring themselves constantly and forcing the government to pay for their hospital stays; I also don’t think food stamps are useable in their caliphate, so I don’t know how they’re exploiting food stamps either—unless they’re literally eating them.

The only avenue of exploitation I see is the cash assistance.

Look at this website from Washington State; the sum of money refugee families are getting is piss poor–$420.00 for a family of two. (Oh, what? I didn’t link it? See, it’s a pain in the ass when people do this isn’t it? Am I lying? Could be, you’ll have to go find out!)

I’ll remind everyone that ISIS has owned (and may still own) oil fields and controls vast swaths of land. They aren’t going to be leeching off American generosity. And the fighters they’ve apparently smuggled in? I doubt they sent them without any money, or without a way to get the money they need.

But the real issue here isn’t that terrorists might be stealing a couple thousand American dollars. It’s that you’d rather leave tens of thousands in countries where “they’re getting their heads cut off,” than help them escape a mess that you likely can’t even imagine.

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