In what appears to be a widely under-reported announcement, according to a December 16 Al Jazeera and Reuters report, FBI Director James Comey has now stated that the couple who carried out the horrific San Bernardino attack, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were not part of an organized cell, had no contact with overseas terror groups and, contrary to widespread reports, did not pledge allegiance to ISIS or its leader, or express support for jihad on social media.

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According to the above report, the killers did express support for violent ideology in their private communications. However, based on Comey's above statement, it would appear that the San Bernardino attack, terrible as it was, had more in common with the "lone wolf" gun violence of the Sandy Hook variety that is now all too common in the US than it did with any organized terrorist attack.

Despite the total absence of evidence that ISIS or any other terrorist group was responsible for the San Bernardino attack, and the fact that the killer suspects were both of Pakistani origin and were neither Syrians nor refugees, hysteria and xenophobia against Syrian Muslim refugees is continuing to grow in the wake of San Bernardino, spurred on by the media and demagogic politicians.

Fox News, which earlier falsely reported that one or more of the Paris attackers entered Europe as Syrian refugees, even though no officials have produced any credible evidence of this (see my previous post on this topic), is now suggesting that America is in danger from the 100,000 Syrian immigrants whom it states have entered the US with legal visas or green cards since 2012. See:

Fox quotes Jessica Vaughan, a spokesperson for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which has long been on record as wanting to restrict and reduce all immigration to the US, as follows:

"The sheer number of people [Syrians] arriving on all kinds of visas and with green cards, and possibly US citizenship, makes it impossible for our counterterrorism authorities to keep track of them all, much less prevent them from carrying out attacks or belatedly trying to deport them."

Try to deport them? Law abiding legal immigrants and even US citizens? For what reason? On what legal grounds?

Another long-standing anti-immigrant group, Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR), chimed in though its spokesman Ira Mehlman that it was:

"highly unlikely that the 102,213 Syrians who were admitted over the past three years were effectively vetted."

In addition to its wild suggestion that Syrians already in the United States legally, including possibly US citizens, should be deported, the Fox article warns about the possibility that Syrians might try to enter the US through Canada, as it claims that 1,229 have done legally since 2011. Its article also warns that eight Syrians were apprehended by the Border Patrol attempting to cross in the US from Canada illegally in 2014.

Clearly, America must be vigilant against this huge influx of Syrians from our neighbor to the north!

What is also obvious from the Fox News article is that not a single one of the more than 100,000 Syrians who have been admitted to the US in the last three or four years has been involved in a terror attack. If that had the case, we can be sure that Fox News would not have failed to mention it.

Nor can the San Bernardino killings provide any justification for the draconian restrictions on admitting Syrian refugees contained in two bills that are still reportedly under consideration in Congress. One of these, the less restrictive of the two, but which is still intended to make the admissions process more difficult, time-consuming and complicated, has already been passed by the House.

The other bill, which has been introduced in the Senate and is supported, among others, by Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions, who opposes almost all immigration just as fiercely as a former governor of his state, George Wallace, opposed racial integration 50 years ago, would, in effect, impose an indefinite moratorium on all admissions of Syrian refugees.
Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from many different parts of the world and religious backgrounds obtain work visas and green cards. Roger's email address is