At least one ISIS terrorist posing as a Syrian refugee appears to have been behind the devastating attacks that left 129 people dead in Paris on Friday.
And President Obama said he’s going to continue to allow thousands of Syrian migrants to enter America, even though security experts are warning they have not been properly vetted for ties to ISIS and other terror groups.
According to numerous reports, the terrorist — who killed himself in a suicide bombing — came to Paris through Greece, using a popular migrant corridor and carrying what may have been a fake Syrian passport.
Months before the Paris attacks, The Horn began sounding the alarm from intelligence agencies that ISIS planned to smuggle operatives among the refugees.
Now, in the wake of the Paris attacks, Republican opposition is mounting to the Obama Administration’s plan to continue allowing thousands of the migrants to come to America.
Approximately 2,000 Syrian refugees have already been settled in America under Obama’s watch. A report from the New York Times found they have largely moved to major metropolitan centers, like New York City, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix and San Diego.
And a spokesman for Obama said Sunday that the administration is moving forward with its plan to admit as many as 10,000 Syrian refugees.
Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio on Sunday said the United States has to stop rolling out the red carpet for migrants because it’s impossible to know whether people fleeing Syria have links to Islamic militants.
“It’s not that we don’t want to, it’s that we can’t,” Rubio said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “Because there’s no way to background check someone that’s coming from Syria. Who do you call and do a background check on them?”
The question of admitting Syrian refugees has for months been part of the national security discussion among 2016 candidates that cuts to the heart of the American identity as a safe haven.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Sunday told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the U.S. should admit Syrian Christians, after proper vetting. Other Republican candidates have called for a ban on allowing Syrians into the U.S.
Republican presidential contender Ben Carson, a retired brain surgeon, said that from the viewpoint of the Islamic State group, it would be “almost malpractice” not to do everything possible to infiltrate the refugee ranks with militants bent on waging jihad.
The Paris attacks have elevated national security in the presidential contest. In Saturday night’s Democratic presidential debate, which began with a moment of silence for the Paris victims, all three candidates — former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley — said the U.S. should admit far more than the 10,000 Syrians to which Obama has committed.
Rubio on Sunday said that was impossible.
“You can’t pick up the phone and call Syria, and that’s one of the reasons why I said we won’t be able to take more refugees,” Rubio said on ABC.
Bush said Sunday that the U.S. has a responsibility to “help with refugees after proper screening.”
“And I think or focus ought to be on the Christians who have no place in Syria anymore,” he added.
The Associated Press contributed to this article