How Syrian refugees are vetted before they come into the U.S.
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – More and more states here in the US are refusing to accept Syrian refugees because of the terror attacks in Paris.
Word is several of the attackers in Paris got into Europe posing as refugees.
As of now, more than 20 governors has announced they will not let Syrian refugees into their states.
California is not one of those states.
One Syrian refugee has been in San Diego for 25 days. He’s learning English, he’s learning job skills and he says he’s not a terrorist.
The county’s Health and Human Services Agency says 51 Syrian refugees relocated to San Diego between October of 2014 and August of 2015.
Several families came through here, the non-profit, federal government subsidized "Alliance for African Assistance."
Mohammed Kanaan, 21, has been here less than a month. He came with his parents, a brother and two sisters from a refugee camp in Jordan after leaving everything behind in Syria.
"Every time we hear the shooting, the bullets, my siblings were always afraid and scared," he said.
Mohammed understand the fear Americans have right now, especially after one of the terror suspects in the Paris attacks reportedly has a Syrian passport.
He asks people not to judge all Syrians and Muslims based on the acts of a radical minority.
The deaths in Paris made him angry as well.
"It definitely did. Especially when I heard that a Syrian guy was involved. I’m trying my best to let people know that we are not like that, not all of us."
The director of Resettlement here said the six Syrian families who recently came to San Diego have been going through the refugee vetting process for months, some for a year.
"We’ve never had a problem in the past, but still the government is screening every single case coming into the U.S.," said Jimmy Dervishi, director of Resettlement.
In face, the head of another relocation agency, the San Diego Officer of International Rescue Committee said that before refugees came here, the Department of Homeland Security does in-person interviews, background checks, gathers biographical information in great detail and puts them through the data bases of the Department of Defense, the FBI and CIA.
Any time there’s a hit, that person does not come into the country.
The FBI backs up Homeland Security.
San Diego is expected to get 300 refugees from Syria next year.
Many with hopes like Mohammed’s.
"I really hope my siblings can continue their education and don’t live the same way we lived," he said.
Governor Jerry Brown said California will vet Syrian refugees coming into this state in a sophisticated and reliable way.
Congressman Duncan Hunter said Monday that we have every right as a nation to be selective and refuse entry in the interest of U.S. Security.
One of the people who relocates refugees here in San Diego said no matter what we try to do, terrorists will find a way to cross borders.