Clearwater, FL Chosen for Immediate Syrian Refugee Relocation

The Obama Administration is bringing 10,000 Syrian refugees to Clearwater, Florida.
The United States government is allowing Syrian refugees to Clearwater, Florida. Source-ish: Entheta

Clearwater, FL  Humanitarian workers will resettle the next wave of Syrian refugees in Clearwater, Florida, as a holdover executive order from the Obama Administration struggles to bring at least 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. by the end of September 2017.

Since the Syrian civil war first began, 95 Syrian families have been relocated to Florida. All of whom were resettled in the Miami area until last month when Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida relocated twenty families to St. Augustine. The families fled Syria in 2013, lived in several refugee camps, and underwent a security screening process before coming to the United States.

“Clearwater has affordable housing, ample job opportunities, and a welcoming community,” said Aamil Bahri, director of refugee and immigration services at Lutheran Services Florida. “We expect to resettle many more families in Clearwater, along with many other refugee groups we are proud to serve.”

The war in Syria has killed hundreds of thousands and has displaced millions more. Under pressure to help as the war rages on, President Obama had pledged that the U.S. will take in at least 10,000 more Syrian refugees this fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2017.Only thirty-five hundred have been relocated thus far.

Bahri and other Clearwater based humanitarian workers say aid workers have told them to expect a much faster pace of resettlement efforts during the next three months. The government has taken steps to help with the president’s goal by dispatching additional workers to Jordan to interview applicants for resettlement, a U.S. State Department spokesman said. Immigration officials have resumed interviewing applicants in Mosul, Iraq, and has begun processing refugee resettlement cases in Al-Zabadani, Syria following the recent failure of the Trump executive order banning immigration from key Middle Eastern countries.

Those changes, according to the State Department, “will not curtail any aspects of the process, including its robust security screening. Refugees are the most thoroughly screened travelers to the United States.” Syrian refugees, according to the State Department, are screened to an even higher standard, and those screenings involve multiple agencies to make sure possible terrorists to do not slip through the cracks.

Refugees will be processed and briefly held at the Old Pinellas County Courthouse. Source: Ebyabe
Refugees will be processed and briefly held at the Old Pinellas County Courthouse. Source: Ebyabe

“President Trump is under a lot of pressure,” said a senior director of international migration policy for the New York City based Center for Migration Studies. Failing, he said, “would undermine the nation’s credibility with allies and others who need to share the burden of resettling the Syrian people in need. It is difficult for us to instruct the Europeans, or even nations in the region, to accept large numbers of refugees when we can’t even meet our modest goals.”

Theodore Hanson, a former volunteer for Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign, isn’t at all happy about accepting refugees from countries that breed radical terrorists.

“There’s still a tremendous amount of outrage over the refugee resettlement plan among Floridians,” said Hanson. “Even the FBI has admitted we can’t vet these people properly.”

Kyle Erickson, a local activist for Clearwater Conservatives, said he expects the level of anger to rise as the November election draws near. “This will be the end of the United States as we know it,” Erickson said. “Florida has just experienced the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, and the federal government is going about things business as usual. No longer can we pretend that our national security is a non-issue.”

Clearwater Mayor, George Cretekos, declined to comment on the matter until he speaks further with governor Rick Scott. But Pastor Mark Harrold at a Clearwater community church welcomes the refugees with open arms. “Through God’s almighty grace we shall love our neighbors with all our hearts,” said Pastor Harrold.

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Tara McGavan

You close minded selfish sheeple make me sick! We have millions of Muslims in the USA have been for years….if it wasn’t for the inside job of 911 we wouldn’t he been in the Middle East ! Ooooh our gov. Wouldn’t do that!? Bullshit! Do a bit of digging…it’s all there…America is terror driven and war criminals as well! Under the pretense of democracy….please! These poor families homeless since2013! Hope you sleep well in your temperpedic/sleep# beds! SHAME ON YOU

Don Ranski
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Don Ranski

Screw it ! Gut the program and fire the staff. Let them go to Canada or Europe. Better yet, Greenland to feed the polar bears.

Fred Freeman
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Fred Freeman

Penny 4 PINELLAS funds the housing . The Federal government pays these faith based groups to relocate refugees as directed by the UN ( a communist organization dictating who we must take, we can say HELL NO). The so-called churches don’t mind stealing from Peter to pay Paul. Where is the sin in that, that’s just socialism right? We have to STARVE the BEAST and stop voting for ANOTHER 10 years of 1% sales tax, that should end this! VOTE NO on Penny 4 Pinellas!

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Wayne Mickel

The United States created Daesh under the power of the Zionist Neo-cons we the people of the United States told our servants that we did not want a war in Syria so they created a proxy army under the Dark Government of the US which is Israel and the Zionists who control Israel they need to be stopped either dead or alive they can go to Israel where they will die anyway people like John McCain one of the worst traitor in the history of America, then there is Lindsey Graham another Zionist Neo- Con remember one thing no Zionist… Read more »

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Wayne Mickel

The United States created Daesh under the power of the Zionist Neo-cons we the people of the United States told our servants that we did not want a war in Syria so they created a proxy army under the Dark Government of the US which is Israel and the Zionists who control Israel they need to be stopped either dead or alive they can go to Israel where they will die anyway people like John McCain one of the worst traitor in the history of America, then there is Lindsey Graham another Zionist Neo- Con remember one thing no Zionist… Read more »