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Posted on January 8, 2016
Back in November, Mayor Andrew Gillum made national news by telling the Tallahassee Democrat that Tallahassee would continue to be a safe haven for Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.
The Mayor also made an appearance on CNN to reiterate his position.
And while some were concerned about terrorists traveling and entering the US with the refugees, Gillum said the “U.S. vetting process for refugees is extremely rigorous, extensive, and comprehensive, and allows us to aid those that pose no threat to our country.”
Now it seems the process may not be as rigorous as Mayor Gillum described to the citizens of Tallahassee back in November.
On Thursday the New York Times reported that two refugees were arrested on terrorism related charges in California and Texas. One of the suspects entered the US via Syria.
From the New York Times:
Both suspects are Palestinians born in Iraq who arrived in the United States as refugees and have been accused of ties to jihadist terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, including the Islamic State, according to law enforcement officials.
Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, 24, was arrested in Houston and charged with three counts of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State, according to a statement from the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas.
In California, Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, was charged with traveling to Syria to fight alongside terrorist groups, including Ansar al-Islam, and lying about his actions to the immigration authorities, according to a statement from the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California.
Prosecutors said that Mr. Jayab entered the United States from Syria as a refugee in October 2012, living in Arizona and Wisconsin before settling in Sacramento. Mr. Hardan, who lives in Houston, entered the United States as a refugee in 2009 and was granted legal permanent residence status in 2011, according to law enforcement. Both men were in custody Thursday night.
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