Senators demand immigration histories of Calif. shooters, other terrorists

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Sens. Jeff Sessions and Ted Cruz have demanded the Obama administration release the immigration histories of the terrorists who killed 14 in San Bernardino, California on Dec. 2.

“A response is not only long overdue, but urgent in light of a series of assaults, including: the heinous attacks in San Bernardino, California, the earlier attacks on the military recruiting center in Chattanooga, the Boston bombing, and Congress’ imminent consideration of government funding legislation that would include funding for myriad immigration programs that have allowed for these events to occur,” the Republican senators said in a letter to administration.

Sens. Jeff Sessions, right, and Ted Cruz. /Alex Wong/Getty Images
Sens. Jeff Sessions, right, and Ted Cruz. /Alex Wong/Getty Images

Meanwhile, on the day of the San Bernardino attack, female terrorist Tashfeen Malik posted a pledge of allegiance to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook, U.S. officials familiar with the investigation told CNN on Dec. 4.

Cruz and Sessions, who hope to stop the pending omnibus appropriations bill in its tracks as it fully funds President Barack Obama’s immigration program, also called on Obama to explain how the administration will allow some 200,000 Muslim migrants to enter the U.S. in one year through the green card program.

“In our struggle against terrorism, we are dealing with an enemy that has shown it is not only capable of bypassing U.S. screening, but of recruiting and radicalizing Muslim migrants after their entry to the United States. The recruitment of terrorists in the U.S. is not limited to adult migrants, but to their young children and to their U.S.-born children — which is why family immigration history is necessary to understand the nature of the threat.”

Sessions warned that Obama’s immigration program will bring in 680,000 from Muslim nations over the next five years, more than the population of Washington, D.C.

“Congress is days away from consideration of an omnibus funding bill that would set the U.S. on an autopilot path to approve green cards, asylum and refugee status to nearly 200,000 migrants from Muslim countries during the next fiscal year; additional to that would then be tens of thousands of additional temporary entry and employment permits, and is additional to the rest of the autopilot green cards, asylum, refugee and foreign worker flow. The security task involved is immense, and Congress must have the requested information if lawmakers are to act as responsible stewards of American immigration policy.”

Sessions and Cruz added that they never received an answer to a previous letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and others that asked for the immigration histories of 72 individuals in the U.S. linked to terrorism.

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