Homeland Security can’t locate Syrian refugee inside the United States, possibly in Washington DC

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Well, here’s some comforting news to start your weekend.  The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of a Syrian refugee who was supposed to be settled in Louisiana. When Louisiana officials couldn’t find him, they reached out to DHS who said he was “resettling” in Washington DC and was supposed to check in upon arrival there.  But he never checked in, an now the government has no idea where he’s located.

from Hayride:

A Syrian refugee that had shortly resettled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is apparently not being monitored by the Department of Homeland Security, as state officials had originally assumed.

Earlier in the week, the Hayride reported on a “missing” Syrian refugee that had apparently left the Baton Rouge area. Then, the Louisiana State Police confirmed that the refugee was headed to Washington DC to resettle with family in the country’s capitol.

Once in Washington DC, the refugee was apparently supposed to “check in” with authorities there, according to state officials.

However, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), who has been on top of the issue ever since, said he spoke with the Department of Homeland Security today and they confirmed to him that they do not, in fact, know where the refugee is.

Homeland Security say they have no information on where the Syrian refugee is. Also, they said the refugee could not be “kept up with” because of his constitutional rights, according to a spokesman for Vitter.

Vitter, who has been an adamant opponent of bringing Syrian refugees into the country and specifically the state, said this specific case comes down to political correctness.

“This is political correctness gone insane–wildly dangerous policy,” said Vitter in a statement to the Hayride. “Thank you Barack Obama and John Bel Edwards.”

Edwards, who is running as the Democratic opponent to Vitter in the state’s gubernatorial election this Saturday, originally said via Facebook that he would work with the Obama administration in “accommodating” Syrian refugees in the state.

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Even if this particular Syrian refugee is found and all is well, even if he has no malicious intentions whatsoever, his case speaks to the impossible task security under Obama’s plan to admit tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.