Establishment Republicans befuddled by why the 2016 Republican presidential nominating process is being dominated by Ted Cruz and Donald Trump need look no further than yesterday’s failed Senate vote on their much ballyhooed bill to force Obama to conduct a security investigation on each of the refugees he brings to America at taxpayer expense.
Democrats mounted a successful pseudo-filibuster to block the legislation, leaving Obama a free hand to run the refugee program as he sees fit, but that was really the Republican establishment’s plan all along after they rebuffed conservative demands to defund the refugee program in the must-pass Omnibus.
Leading the charge against including any defund or restriction on the refugee program in the Omnibus was Speaker Paul Ryan, who also wrongly claimed at the time that restricting Muslim immigration to America was “unconstitutional.”
Ryan’s cynical ploy to keep funds flowing to the Syrian refugee threat was reminiscent of the ploy used by his mentor, former Speaker John Boehner, to keep the funds flowing to Obama’s “executive amnesty” for illegal aliens program.
In each case a standalone bill that would fix the problem was promised to divert conservatives from trying to force Republican leaders to include a defund provision in the must-pass year-end Omnibus.
And in each case the legislation duly passed the House only to predictably fall apart in the Senate when Democrats united to defend Obama’s dangerous immigration policies.
And the dangers that Ryan and the Senate’s Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have welcomed to our shores go well beyond the possibility that Donald Trump or Ted Cruz might become the Republican nominee for President.
Since Ryan and McConnell refused to include in the Omnibus language restricting taxpayer funding for settling refugees from Muslim terrorist hotspots, at least two “refugees” have been indicted for planning terror attacks against Americans, in America.
As our friend Stephen Dinan of The Washington Times reported, Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, 25, a Palestinian born in Iraq, has been charged with attempting to provide support for the Islamic State and lying to Homeland Security officers when he applied for citizenship in the U.S. Government informants said he trained as a machine-gunner with the Islamic State, and was trying to build bombs in his Texas home, with plans to attack two shopping malls.
In the another case, investigators said Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, traveled to Syria and fought with Ansar al-Islam against the Syrian regime, according to charges brought in federal court in California. He then lied about the travel to Syria, prosecutors say.
Dinan says Al-Jayab’s case is particularly worrying since he was admitted in October 2012 as a refugee from Syria.
Vetting Syrian immigrants is even tougher than vetting Iraqis, security experts told Dinan, because at least in Iraq, the U.S. has a partnership with the government, has personnel on the ground and access to databases to review backgrounds.
In Syria, as last year’s defund debate made clear, the U.S. lacks all of those tools, meaning it may have to make judgments based on partial information, phony information or no information at all.
But Speaker Ryan knew all of that before he refused to include defunding Obama’s plan to bring jihad to America in the Omnibus. Speaker Ryan knew the Senate was never going to take up, let alone pass, the bill to force Obama to tighten security investigations of Muslim refugees, but rather than fulfill his oath to protect and defend the Constitution by defunding the program in the Omnibus he sided with Obama and gave him the money to bring 300,000 more existential threats to constitutional liberty to America.
The June 1, 2016 filing deadline for the Wisconsin primary election is a long way off. It’s time conservatives started looking for an alternative to Paul Ryan as Speaker, and as the Representative in Congress for Wisconsin’s First District.