The first Syrian family to be resettled to the U.S. under its speeded-up “surge operation” departed to the United States Wednesday from the Jordanian capital, Amman.
Ahmad al-Abboud, who is being resettled with his wife and five children, said that although he is thankful to Jordan — where he has lived for three years after fleeing Syria’s civil war — he is hopeful of finding a better life in the U.S.
“I’m happy. America is the country of freedom and democracy, there are jobs opportunities, there is good education, and we are looking forward to having a good life over there,” al-Abboud said.
The family, who are from the Syrian city of Homs, had been living in Mafraq, a town north of Amman. He was unable to find work in Jordan, and the family was surviving on food coupons.
Ahmad, who is 45 years old, said he had ambitious to find a job to support his family and to learn English.
“I am ready to integrate in the U.S. and start a new life,” he said, speaking to The Associated Press in Amman’s airport, where the family was due to board a flight to Kansas City, Missouri.
Since October last year, 1,000 Syrian refugees have moved from Jordan to the U.S. The resettlement surge hopes to increase that number ten-fold.
A resettlement surge center opened in Amman in February to meet Barack Obama’s target of resettling 10,000 Syrians to the United States by Sep. 30. Every day, the center interviews some 600 Syrian refugees.
The temporary processing center for the surge operation will run until April 28, U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Alice Wells said. She travelled to the airport to greet the family before their departure.
The regional refugee coordinator at the U.S. embassy in Amman, Gina Kassem, said that while the 10,000 target applies to Syrian refugees living around the world, the majority will be resettled from Jordan.
“The 10,000 is a floor and not a ceiling, and it is possible to increase the number,” she told reporters.
While the resettlement process usually takes 18 to 24 months, under the surge operation this will be reduced to three months, Kassem said.
The U.N. Refugee Agency prioritizes the most vulnerable cases for resettlement, and then refers them to the U.S. to review, Kassem said. She said that priority is given to high-risk groups such as victims of torture and gender based violence and unaccompanied minors. “We do not have exclusions or look for families with certain education background, language skills or other socio-economic factors, and we do not cut family sizes,” she said.
Jordan hosts around 635,000 of the more than 4.7 million Syrians registered with the U.N. refugee agency after fleeing Syria’s civil war. The total number of Syrians in Jordan is more than 1.2 million, including those who arrived before the conflict.
The poster family for the first wave of vermin is a 45 year old goat herder, Ahmad al-Abboud, his wife, and 5 rug rats. They were sheltered in Jordan for 3 years. Not exactly “refugees”. Now, they’ve come here for welfare, food stamps, free housing, free education, and free medical care, on our tax dollar. Bet on it. No one really knows the background of this cluster of filth, or what they’ve been doing before they even arrived in Jordan.
Millions of dollars for muzzie “refugees”, but no such support for homeless vets, which at last count numbered between 130,000 and 200,000 on any given night—representing between one fourth and one-fifth of all homeless people.
This shit makes for taqiyya-based PR:
Ahmad, who is 45 years old, said he had ambitious to find a job to support his family and to learn English. “I am ready to integrate in the U.S. and start a new life,” he said…
Sure you are. I wonder who fed him those talking points.
What they show you:
The muzzie version of Leave it to Beaver. Which one is the wife?
It’s a nice packaged propaganda story for Barky’s regime. “See, I told you. Widows, orphans, and DPs.”
What’s actually going to happen once the invasion starts:
Every time we object to the invasion of this country by illegals and refujihadists, libtards scream “RACISM” and expect us to cower in fear of being labeled as bigots.
I did two tours in Iraq. I know all I need to know about muzzies. I’ve also paid attention to the world wide carnage being done in the name of their allah. 9/11 didn’t hit close enough to their own back yard.
Islam is diametrically opposed to every Constitutional principle on which this country was founded. Under the muzzie point of view, Sharia Law trumps all other laws. It’s meant to overtake and replace all Western civil, criminal, and government jurisdiction. The founding principles of this country did not hinge on a violent ideological theocracy that advocated the deaths of those who didn’t hold the same religious beliefs. They’re not interested in peace, tolerance, or coexistence. They want a worldwide Caliphate, including the United States.
Assimilation is not on their itinerary.
This is total bullshit. It paves the way for more muzzie “refugees”, most of whom are terrorists taking advantage of lax security and Barky’s propensity to violate immigration laws.
If Barky gets his way with the import of 10,000 muzzie refujihadists, we’ll be fighting these shitbags in the streets.