Itís been almost a year
and a half since the dangerous international terrorist
organization, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),
declared a global caliphate.
Even before that proclamation, ISIL had already
committed countless atrocities in multiple nations on
several continents. Mass murders, myriad rapes,
beheadings and religious persecutions have now become
routine in areas that recently were holding elections
and were on-track in establishing democratic governance.
Caliphate is a form of Islamic
government. It is led by a Caliph whose followers
consider him to be the rightful leader of all Muslims
due to his direct linage to the Prophet Mohammad. The
declaration of caliphate by ISIL includes an historic
area encompassing the entire eastern shore of the
That area includes the present day state
of Israel. Therefore, political recognition of the
caliphate, by any person or entity, serves to
acknowledge that Israel no longer has a right to exist.
Since the declaration of caliphate, the
escalation of terrorist atrocities has been even more
widespread and devastating. Tens of thousands of
Christians and Muslims alike are fleeing to anywhere
that is not the caliphate.
ISIL operatives have
those refugees have been infiltrated with more than
4,000 caliphate fighters. They further brag that the
preponderance of those ISIL fighters are now armed with
One of their first North
American attacks occurred in October 2014. A member of
the Canadian Forces
was shot and killed
and three others were wounded at that countryís National
War Memorial in Ottawa in a terror-related attack.
An August 2015 attack on
a French train in Belgium was apparently designed to
murder hundreds. It was
aborted by the actions of two
Americans on military leave and a civilian.
One of them, Alek Skarlatos,
is an Oregonian from Roseburg.
In fact, Skarlatos was
enrolled as a student at Umpqua Community College and
said he was
scheduled to be in the same
where a shooting took place earlier this year. He was
out of town that day taping an appearance on a reality
simultaneous, orchestrated attacks
last month took ISIL terrorism to an entire new level.
The mass murder of 129 non-combatants makes clear that
war has been declared on civilians in western nations
and that no target is off limits.
Four days later, a
similar effort was apparently made
outside a German stadium.
The German Prime Minister and other top national
officials were scheduled to attend that sports event.
They planned to attend to show solidarity against ISIL
Obama has since announced
his agreement to start accepting up to 10,000 refugees
from this war-torn region. His unilateral decision
appears to ignore the admission of
multiple federal officials
stating they canít positively screen the refugees for
security risks before admitting them into this country.
Both Obama and Oregon
Governor Kate Brown have demonstrated the audacity to
explain that these refugees are
"widows and orphans."
Those statements belie the advice of
persons within his intelligence
stating that they donít know who many of these people
are and that they have no way of finding out who they
Obamaís proclivity for
underestimating ISIL is not confidence building. This is
the same president who declared ISIS the
and who said ISIL was
mere hours before the horrific attacks in Paris.
Over half of the nation's
gone on record stating these refugees are not welcome in
their states. They are not taking this action out of a
lack of compassion. They are acting out of legitimate
concerns for the safety of the people they represent.
Their statements are also, in effect, a
vote of ďno confidenceĒ in the ability of the federal
government to control our borders and to perform its
critical duties of preserving public safety under
current circumstances. The skepticism of those governors
is not unwarranted.
News reports state that
terrorists have already used the
refugee program to
settle in the United States. Others state that we
may have allowed "dozens" of them
into the country under
that guise. Since the attack in Paris,
refugees have been detained in
Honduras for traveling
with false Greek passports. Others
have been arrested in Turkey
along our southern
has warned that ISIS could use the refugee crisis to
infiltrate Europe. Our neighbors to the north, Canada,
are refusing refugees who are
My office has received many phone calls
and e-mails from constituents who are concerned about
the potential security risk posed by this policy. We
have yet to hear from a single person in my Senate
district who thinks bringing Syrian refugees to Oregon
at this time is a good idea.
The primary obligation of
any government is to protect and preserve public safety.
Nevertheless, Governor Brown has declared that
Oregon will take in these refugees,
regardless of the potential danger that it may entail. I
believe the adoption of any policy that serves to
deliberately ignore significant risk to the publicís
safety is deserving of a high level of scrutiny.
In my opinion, the safety of our people
is worth the extra amount of time and effort to ensure
that we know who is entering our country before tragedy
strikes. The policies currently being pursued by our
President and our Governor are undoubtedly increasing
our vulnerability to the kind of horrific attack that
struck Paris and killed scores of innocent civilians.
Please remember--if we do not stand up
for rural Oregon, no one will.
Senate District 28
I Phone: 503-986-1728
Address: 900 Court St NE, S-311, Salem, OR 97301