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Has Political Correctness Diluted the Refugee Screening Process?

Will this presidential election be the most important in American history?

The tragic San Bernardino shooting has policy experts re-evaluating the screening process for immigrants and refugees in the United States. Are Syrian refugees being given a free pass into the United States because of political correctness? According to insiders close to the refugee camp operations, the answer is yes.

I discussed this issue in my latest column for Conservative Review, which discussed the security concerns that experts have about letting thousands of refugees into the United States, ranging from FBI Director James Comey to Ret. USMC Lieutenant Colonel Bill Cowan:

FBI Director James Comey noted the difficulty of screening Syrian refugees because of the lack of background data. He also commented on prior problems with the vetting process that allowed two Iraqi refugees in the U.S. that were subsequently arrested on terrorism charges.

… Ret. USMC Lieutenant Colonel Bill Cowan [believes] Malloy’s Syrian refugee position is political and he is putting his constituents at risk… In 1975, Cowan ran a refugee camp in California where for ten months he was responsible for a few thousand people around the clock and observed numerous interviews.

Even more concerning to Cowan is the degree to which political correctness is changing the nature of the vetting questions allowed by the Obama administration. Cowan discussed how the new screening process restricts law enforcement to ask certain questions about religious beliefs and associations. According to Cowan, this means investigators can’t ask an individual if they are a member of the Muslim Brotherhood or if they support ISIS’s goal of a Caliphate:

“They changed the rules in the middle of the game. I think this president is so intent on letting these refugees come in that he is ready, willing and able to by-pass whatever rules or restrictions may be in place and of course he has the ability to do that.”

Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) are demanding the immigration records of the San Bernardino shooters to examine the adequacy of our current vetting process. I think it’s safe to say that we won’t be happy with whatever information they find.




Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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