The problem with his promise of security checks is that there is no way he can fulfill it. FBI top dog James Comey admitted it in October: “We can only query against that which we have collected. And so if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing show up because we have no record of them.”
“Obama on Thanksgiving urges generosity to Syrian refugees,” by Roberta Rampton, Reuters, November 25, 2015:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama urged Americans to show generosity to Syrian refugees in his Thanksgiving message on Thursday, reminding them that the Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were themselves fleeing persecution.
“Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims – men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families,” Obama said in his address.
Obama’s plan to accept 10,000 refugees from Syria became a lightning rod for political criticism after attacks, claimed by Islamic State militants, killed 130 people in Paris two weeks ago. The United States is leading an international coalition fighting the group in Syria and Iraq.
Since the Paris attacks, Americans now identify terrorism as the most important problem facing the country, Reuters-Ipsos polling shows….
“People should remember that no refugee can enter our borders until they undergo the highest security checks of anyone traveling to the United States,” Obama said in his address….
“One woman from Pennsylvania wrote me to say, ‘Money is tight for us in my household … But I have a guest room. I have a pantry full of food. We can do this,'” Obama said.
“Another woman from Florida told me her family’s history dates back to the Mayflower – and she said that welcoming others is part of ‘what it means to be an American,'” he said.