WATCH: Ted Cruz Just Got Top Immigration Official To Admit Chilling Bombshell To Congress


An Obama administration official admitted Wednesday that it allows refugees to enter the country based on what Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called “a recipe for fraud.”

During a hearing on Wednesday, Cruz read part of a Department of Homeland Security memo that said the “refugee program is particularly vulnerable to fraud due to loose evidentiary requirements where at times the testimony of an applicant alone is sufficient for approval.”

The memo said lying by those seeking entry is “easy to commit yet difficult to investigate.”

“This strikes me as a recipe for fraud, if we are letting refugees in based on what they claim to be, despite warnings of the FBI that we can’t vet these people,” Cruz said.

Leon Rodriguez, director of Citizenship and Immigration Services at DHS, carped about the memo’s accuracy, but did not say whether it was correct.

Cruz did not let it drop. He asked if it was “true or false that the testimony of the applicant alone can be sufficient for approval?”

“It is considered, it depends on the case,” Rodriguez replied, expounding upon minutiae, later adding, “There are always cases where the testimony is not corroborated by documents.”

“Mr. Rodriguez,” Cruz interrupted, “it’s a very simple question. … Is it true or false that the testimony of the applicant alone can be sufficient for approval?”

Rodriguez hedged until Cruz finally secured an answer.

“I am acknowledging that yes, testimony can be the basis for the grant of a refugee, but it needs to be tested against other information that we know — about the country conditions, at a minimum,” he said.

Rodriguez was scolded for not giving direct answers.

“We have a right to ask questions, and we expect unbiased, objective answers,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. “And that took way too long to get you to deliver an answer, and I don’t appreciate it. And I’ll just tell you, others doubt the validity of this program and how effective it is.”

Cruz and Rodriguez clashed later over the refugee vetting process.

“We keep seeing instances over and over again of refugees coming to America with an intention to engaging in terrorism, and ISIS has made clear that they intend to exploit our refugee program, to send terrorists to America to commit murder. To murder innocent Americans. How can you assure the American people that we are not right now admitting more terrorists who would wage jihad against our nation?” Cruz asked.

“Because we conduct the process in a manner that is designed to do everything in our power to screen out individuals who mean us harm … including by [the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees], the fact that people are interviewed multiple times even before my office sees them,” Rodriquez said.

“But the interviews aren’t catching these individuals,” Cruz said. “We’re letting them in.”

“There are those cases,” Rodriguez acknowledged, saying the system does weed out some individuals.

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