Texas Dem Says Syrian Refugees Already At Southern Border
Says plan needed to deal with coming wave.
Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar, who represents the area around Laredo, says Syrian refugees are already hitting America’s territory via the southern border and something needs to be done.
Speaking with News Radio 1200 WOAI, Cuellar said it is time to stop debating refugees who could come in well over a year from now and figure out what to do with the ones arriving much sooner:
“They are going to try to short circuit that wait of 18 to 24 months,” Cuellar said in the exclusive interview. “They will come in here, make their claim, and if there is nothing to hold them, they will be released.”
Two groups of Syrians, mainly families, have already done that, arriving in the U.S. in the Laredo area and then immediately presenting themselves to Border Patrol officers, surrendering, and asking for political asylum.
Current estimated processing times for Syrian refugees seeking a new life in the United States is 18-24 months, much of that due to security vetting. President Obama has proposed bringing in 10,000 over the next year; some are pushing for much higher numbers. Canada’s new Liberal government, one with close ties to Obama organizers, has promised to resettle 25,000 refugees by the end of February.
Cuellar suggests that Washington work with Mexico to stop refugees before they get to the southern border, noting that Mexico stopped 174,000 people last year headed for the United States.