Our nation’s top intelligence and law enforcement leaders have already admitted to Congress that the U.S. does not currently have the wherewithal to properly vet all incoming refugees, especially in the case of those coming from Syria. But according to Leon Rodriguez, who heads up Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Department of Homeland Security, the situation is even worse than we imagined.

Sen. Ted Cruz questioned Rodriguez on Thursday, asking him to address the curious text of a DHS memorandum on vetting refugees. In the memo, it says the “refugee program is particularly vulnerable of fraud due to loose evidentiary requirements where at times the testimony of an applicant alone is sufficient for approval.”

Rodriguez, sensing a political landmine, insisted that the memo must have been written by someone ignorant of the actual vetting system.

“I would not give that document a whole lot of credit because whoever that person was did not do the homework to learn about our process,” Rodríguez said.

Cruz noted that his question remained unanswered. Was it true or not that Homeland Security sometimes relied on testimony alone to allow a refugee into the country?

“It depends on the case,” Rodriguez said. “Usually we do have extensive documentation. Syrians in particular present with extensive documentation passports, military records, so there is documentation that we review.”

Cruz pushed again, insisting his question could be answered with a direct “yes or no.”

“There are cases where the testimony is not necessarily corroborated by documents, but it is always tested against country conditions and other information. That is why it doesn’t lend itself in the way that you’re asking the question, senator,” Rodríguez said.

“Are you saying it’s true, or are you saying it’s false?” Cruz asked.

“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,” Rodríguez said.

So there you have it. As long as a refugee says they’re thrilled to embrace the good ol’ American spirit and as long as that claim matches the “country conditions”[??], DHS has only five words for them: “Welcome to the United States!”

It’s one thing to see government sloppiness in areas of obscure concern; it’s quite another to see it in matters of national security. Especially in this day and age. It’s almost unimaginable. Almost unbelievable.

Almost like it’s not actually “sloppiness” at all…