Editor’s Note: Tennessee has been one of the states leading in numbers of refugees. Watch the short video, I believe is accurate and true, then read what Ben Carson has to say…
Congress can do something to stop the stream of Middle Eastern refugees granted passage to the United States by President Barack Obama, according to GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson.
The retired neurosurgeon wrote a letter to Congress to urge it to stop funding relief efforts that transport refugees to this country.
“The national security of the American people demands that the Congress swiftly extinguish any programs that might allow an ISIS terrorist to infiltrate the United States disguised as a refugee or migrant,” he said.
Carson issued a statement, which he read from his iPhone while on the campaign trail in Nevada, regarding his thoughts on the refugees fleeing to the United States from war-torn areas. He said Friday’s attack on Paris makes the danger clear. He told reporters during the spontaneous news conference that the risk far outmatches the need for compassion.
“There is currently no ability to vet these people and by doing so, we are putting America at risk,” Carson said. “If our president cannot see the risk, then we must rise to the challenge and protect our country.”
Obama said he will not change course and told the media gathering after a G-20 meeting in Turkey that many of those identified as refugees are escaping terrorism in their own countries.
The president said that “slamming the door on these refugees would be a betrayal of our values.” In fact, Obama hasn’t changed his plans about admitting more refugees to the United States. His twitter feed said in a Sept. 28 post that many more are coming.
“We’re also increasing the number of Syrian and other refugees we admit to the U.S. to 100,000 per year for the next two years,” Obama’s Twitter post read.
Carson couldn’t disagree more.
“He is wrong,” Carson said of the president. “He took an oath to protect and defend this country; there simply is not a way to vet these refugees.”
Refugees began arriving in mid-October in New York, Los Angeles, Michigan and in Louisiana. The U.S. started opening additional screening outposts overseas as part of an effort to accelerate the number of Syrian refugees admitted into the United States. While Syrians make up a considerable number of the newest refugees, others are coming from places like Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is among the governors issuing executive orders to refuse refugees within the state. Jindal’s order also mandates for state agencies to “monitor and avert threats within the State of Louisiana.” Local numbers indicate there are 14 refugees in the southern state now.
Other governors issuing similar orders are Govs. Rick Snyder of Michigan, Robert Bentley of Alabama, Greg Abbott of Texas, Nathan Deal of Georgia, and Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas.
“Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration,” Snyder said. “But our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents.”
Other states that are bucking the federal government in attempts to stop refugees from resettling in their communities…