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Terrorists Could ‘Exploit’ Refugee Program, Official Says

Republican presidential candidates are justifiably worried about terrorists entering the United States by posing as refugees, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson suggested Wednesday.

According to Fox News, Johnson admitted that “we do have to be concerned about the possibility that a terrorist organization may seek to exploit our refugee resettlement process.” He pointed out that “this is true of this country (and) every other country that accepts refugees.”

While the Obama administration has not abandoned its plan to admit 10,000 more Syrian refugees into the United States next year, Johnson announced that the program is under review. He said there is no “specific and credible evidence” that any plot is under way, but revealed that his department is revising its terrorism-alert system to better protect the country from ISIS and other violent extremist groups.

Johnson’s acknowledgment that terrorists could take advantage of the refugee program may spark congressional action, Fox News reported. Many Republican lawmakers have called for extensive screening procedures to ensure none of the migrants are planning attacks.

“I mean this respectfully to the secretary, but, duh,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. “I mean, this is obvious that they can infiltrate this way. They have said it in social media posts. They obviously want to attack us here at home. This is quite obvious.”

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