The president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) said that all immigration to the United States should be put on “pause” due to the potential risk it poses to national security from Muslim terrorists and foreign intelligence agents.
AFID president Zuhdi Jasser’s comments were prompted by a question about potential security threats posed by Syrian refugees from an attendee at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
“My response to that is that we need to put a pause on all immigration, but not just say against Muslim immigration,” Jasser said.
“And I say that with family waiting, trying to come here,” he added. "And I'm trying to figure out a way to get them here. It's impossible."
Jasser’s remarks were made during a question and answer session following an address he gave on Thursday entitled “Political Islam: How Patriotic American Muslims Defy the Radical Islamists” at the annual conservative gathering, which is being held in National Harbor, Md. this year.
“And I will tell you, there is ignorance in thinking that it’s just ISIS,” Jasser continued, arguing that the security threat is not limited to Islamic extremists, but also includes foreign intelligence operatives.
“I guarantee to you [that] embedded in the refugees are intelligence operatives of [the] Assad regime, of Russia, of many operatives - Iran - that are not always just Muslim, that could include non-Muslims that we aren’t vetting,” he said.
The AIFD, which was founded by Jasser, describes its mission as advocating “the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state.”