IRLI, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking records from the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding refugees arriving in the United States from Syria.
Under U.S. immigration law, only those who face persecution on account of “race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion” can be admitted as refugees. U.S. refugee law does not cover those fleeing from natural or economic disaster, civil strife, or war. Similarly, U.S. refugee law does not protect people from general conditions of strife, such as crime and other societal afflictions. Syria is clearly engaged in a civil war. The Administration has stated that it desires to resettle in American communities 10,000 Syrians in 2016 with additional numbers coming in 2017. Through its FOIA request and lawsuit, FAIR is investigating whether the Obama Administration is complying with the requirements in law regarding refugee admittance. The information will also assist state governments wishing to put a halt to the Administration’s plan to take in “refugees” whose background-checks, motivations, and ability to assimilate are highly questionable.
IRLI sues for details on the Obama Administration’s Syrian refugee program, March 10, 2016