Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) on Thursday slammed the Obama administration for using "bait-and-switch" tactics to expedite the processing of Syrian refugees to the U.S., a day after the first refugees arrived in Kansas City as part of a new surge program.

"President Obama has once again misled the American people and members of Congress in order to get his way. Obama and his Democrat allies in Congress have proven they will use bait-and-switch tactics to move more unvetted refugees into our communities. This will inevitably put our nation and our citizens at risk for future terrorist attacks," said Zinke, a combat veteran.

Administration officials have insisted that refugee processing would take 18 to 24 months, but the new surge program could minimize the waiting time to just three months.

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