Several White House hopefuls are expressing alarm about the Obama administration's plan to allow Syrian refugees into the U.S.
French President Francois Hollande said Saturday that ISIS was responsible for the wave of deadly attacks that killed more than 120 people
In the wake of the deadly Paris terror attacks, several White House hopefuls are expressing alarm about the Obama administration’s plan to allow Syrian refugees into the U.S.
French President Francois Hollande said Saturday that ISIS was responsible for the wave of deadly attacks that killed more than 120 people. But the identities of the attackers – as well as key details such as where they came from and how they entered France – were not immediately clear.
Nevertheless, several Republican White House hopefuls blasted President Barack Obama’s call to admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States, saying such a move threatens the U.S. homeland.
“We all have heart and we all want people taken care of, but with the problems our country has, to take in 250,000 – some of whom are going to have problems, big problems – is just insane. We have to be insane. Terrible,” Donald Trump said at a rally in Beaumont, Texas.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee echoed those thoughts, telling CNN’s Michael Smerconish that taking in the refugees would be the “craziest thing we could do” and suggested providing humanitarian assistance to them in the Middle East.
“It seems to me the craziest thing we could do is take people who live in a desert who don’t speak our language, who don’t understand our culture, who don’t share a same worldview, and bring them to Minnesota during the winter,” he said.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, speaking at the Sunshine Summit in Florida, a Republican gathering featuring several GOP candidates, said accepting the refugees would “accomplish what ISIS wants to accomplish by accepting them.”
“We should be relocating them in the region so they can return (to Syria),” he added.
Also at the summit, Carly Fiorina accused Obama of accepting refugees “unilaterally” and not pledging to verify that they have no ties to terrorism. She also slammed Obama over his comments right before the attack that ISIS had been “contained.”
“I am angry. I am angry that just yesterday morning, our president, against all evidence, declared ISIS contained and took a victory lap,” the former Hewlett-Packard CEO said. “ISIS is not a ‘JV team,’ Mr. President, they are not contained, they are at our shores and they measure their victory in body count.”
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told the gathering in Florida he “wouldn’t invite the refugees in the first place.”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sent a letter to Obama “demanding” information about the refugees, including how they will be monitored and screened for terror ties.
“Last week, the city of New Orleans began receiving its first wave of Syrian refugees,” Jindal said in the letter. “As with former immigration crises and federal relocation policy, Louisiana has been kept in the dark about those seeking refuge in the state. It is irresponsible and severely disconcerting to place individuals, who may have ties to ISIS, in a state without the state’s knowledge or involvement.”
Several candidates urged Obama to reconsider the move just hours after the Paris attack on Friday.