WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the following statement after a 17-year-old Afghan refugee injured four people following an axe attack on a German train. As the BBC reports from Germany, “The so-called Islamic State has released a video purporting to show an Afghan asylum seeker making threats before attacking a German train,” adding: “The Afghan teenager, who had claimed asylum after traveling to Germany a year ago as an unaccompanied minor, had been living with the foster family since moving from a refugee centre in the town two weeks ago.”
“ISIS remains committed to infiltrating refugee flows into the United States and Europe, and encouraging radicalized individuals to launch terrorist attacks against innocent men, women and children,” Senator Kirk said. “Due to these continuing attacks, the Administration should suspend their politically-motivated deadline of approving 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States by September 2016 until it implements strong policies to prevent terrorist infiltration of refugee flows.”
- Earlier this year, Senator Kirk, along with Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), introduced the Defend America Act (S. 2435) to prevent terrorist infiltration of the Syrian and Iraqi refugee programs by thoroughly screening all refugee and immigrant visa applicants for any pro-terrorist social media or other support to terrorist groups like ISIS.
- In January 2016, two Iraqi refugees were arrested by U.S. authorities in ongoing terrorism investigation, including one who pledged allegiance on social media to various terrorist organizations.
- At least two of the ISIS terrorists involved in the November 13, 2016, attacks in Paris, France, entered Europe by infiltrating refugee flows.
- In 2009, two al-Qaeda terrorist bomb-makers successfully infiltrated the Iraqi refugee program to resettle in Kentucky.