State Dept Spox: ‘Potential For ISIS Terrorists To Insert Themselves’ Among Refugees, Vetting Process ‘Not Perfect’

UNITED STATES, Washington : State Department Spokesman John Kirby speaks during the daily briefing at the State Department on January 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. Even as world powers work to implement the Iran nuclear deal, North Korea's apparent detonation of a new bomb marks a stark setback for global anti-proliferation efforts. Kirby's message to Pyongyang was clear -- "we have consistently made clear that we will not accept it as a nuclear state" -- but not new. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN
On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” State Department Spokesperson Rear Admiral John Kirby (Ret.) stated, “I wouldn’t debate the fact that there’s the potential for ISIS terrorists to try to insert themselves,” among Syrian refugees, and that “the vetting process, while not perfect, is very, very stringent.” Kirby said, “I would tell you that the more than 10,000 now Syrian refugees that we’ve admitted into the country, by this month, have all been extremely and very stridently vetted.” He added, “There’s certainly not the same amount of information you have on individuals there that you would have here. But I would tell you a couple things, first of all, they’re the — only the most vulnerable individuals. Eight out of ten of the more than 10,000 Syrian refugees that we’ve admitted to the country are women and children, and of the men that make up the remainder, most of them are connected to families. Number two, they are going through a very serious inter-agency vetting process, the most that any refugee goes through. Is it perfect? Can it be perfect? Can it be foolproof? Well, probably not, no. But it is very, very serious.” Kirby further