Thursday, November 19, 2015

EDUCATE YOURSELVES: By the Numbers: What You Need to Know about Syrian Refugees in the U.S.

TO HELP EDUCATE YOU - Straight from the White House/Homeland Security!        Okay, now that all the nuts have caused Fear and Panic about Syrian Refugees (which is how they get people to vote for them) You can BREATHE. Take time to read the following truth direct from the White House Blog (and U.S. Homeland Security).   You can find this all here:

The White House

By the Numbers: What You Need to Know about Syrian Refugees in the U.S.
The refugees that have captivated so much attention in the wake of Friday's attack are fleeing precisely the type of senseless slaughter that happened in Paris. To slam the door in their faces -- to decide not to help when we know that we can help -- would be a betrayal of our deepest values as Americans.
That's why we're going to do the right thing in the right way: protecting the American people even as we provide refuge to some of the world's most vulnerable people.
Here's what you need to know:

The White House

The number of Syrian refugees UNHCR has referred to the U.S. Refugees Admission Program.

The number of Syrians the Department of Homeland Security has interviewed since FY 2011.

The number of Syrian refugees who have been admitted since FY 2011.

The number of Syrian refugees resettled in the U.S. that have been arrested or removed on terrorism charges.

Learn more about how America can ensure its own security while protecting refugees.

We are going to do the right thing in the right way -- protecting the American people even as we provide refuge to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Here’s how:


  • Refugees are subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the United States, including the involvement of the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense.
  • All refugees, including Syrians, are admitted only after successful completion of this stringent security screening regime, which includes all available biographic and biometric information vetted against a broad array of law enforcement and intelligence community databases to confirm identity and ensure safety.
  • This screening process has been enhanced over the last few years to ensure we are effectively utilizing the full scope of our intelligence community to review each applicant.
  • Mindful of the particular conditions of the Syria crisis, Syrian refugees go through additional forms of security screening. We continue to examine options for further enhancements for screening Syrian refugees, the details of which are classified. 

Focus on the Most Vulnerable

  • The Administration’s emphasis is on admitting the most vulnerable Syrians -- particularly survivors of violence and torture, those with severe medical conditions, and women and children -- in a manner that is consistent with our national security. 
In the days since the attack on Paris some have taken the narrow view that protecting Americans from ISIL mandates that we turn our back on those most at risk to the terrorist group -- the men, women and children forced to flee their homes and families, their schools and communities. The Administration rejects the flawed view that we can’t ensure our own safety while also welcoming refugees desperately seeking their own safety. The truth is: America can and must do both.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next