WATCH | The Justice Department unveiled today that 300 refugees are being investigated by the FBI.
There was new information on Monday from government officials about the risk a small number of refugees admitted to the United States may pose a threat to national security.
It was one of Donald Trump’s favorite themes during his campaign last year - the possibility that poor screening of Syrian refugees might allow a suspected terrorist into the United States.
"We are going to stop the tens of thousands of people coming in from Syria," Trump said last year in Phoenix during a speech on immigration.
"We have no idea who they are, where they come from. There's no documentation. There's no paperwork. It's going to end badly folks. It's going to end very, very badly," Trump continued.
Today, Department of Homeland Security officials disclosed that some of President Trump’s fears may have been warranted. Department of Homeland Security officials briefed the media that as many as 300 refugees admitted to the United States are being investigated by the FBI for possible ties to terrorism.
FBI Director James Comey previously warned Congress in October of 2015 that his agency did not have enough resources to screen refugees, especially those from Syria before they got into the country.
“There is risk associated with bringing anybody in from the outside, but specifically from a conflict zone," Comey told the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
The Obama administration downplayed Comey’s fears suggesting there were adequate safeguards.
"Our nations can welcome refugees who are desperately seeking safety and ensure our own security. We can and must do both," Obama said at the G20 conference in Paris in November of 2015.
Some experts believe that having 300 refugees being investigated is not cause for concern.
"Investigating 300 refugees for terrorism is not the same as 300 refugees convicted of terrorism, and it's not the same as 300 refugees who have committed terrorist attacks in the United States," Alex Nowrasteh of the CATO Institute told Circa.
Now the FBI and Homeland Security officials are left to sort out the wheat from the chaff and determine which refugees admitted to the country might also pose a security risk.
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