Carson: Don’t Let Middle Eastern Refugees into U.S.
Republicans are eating up the Paris attacks, using it as a platform to boost their anti-immigration stances. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson blasted Middle Eastern refugees on Friday, suggesting that the United States should ban them from entering the country.
“There are those out there who have a thirst for innocent blood in an attempt to spread their philosophy and their will across this globe,” Carson said at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando, Fla., according to the Washington Post. “We must redouble our efforts and our resolve to resist them. Not only to contain them, but to eliminate that kind of hatred in the world.”
The Hill reports:
Carson called the “global Islamic movement” an “existential threat” and said lawmakers should block the Obama administration from allowing more refugees from the Middle East into the United States.
“It’s very different than anything we’ve ever faced before,” Carson said. “Congress does have a role to play here, and it’s not just being the peanut gallery.
“If we’re going to be bringing 200,000 people over here from that region — if I were one of the leaders of the global jihadist movement and I didn’t infiltrate that group of people with my people, that would almost be malpractice,” Carson added.
Carson said if he were president, he would work with the United States’ allies “using every resource known to man in terms of economic resources, in terms of covert resources, overt resources, military resources, things-that-they-didn’t-know-about resources,” he said.
The presidential candidate also slammed the Obama administration for not recognizing “that once you’ve gotten a place like Iraq under control, you don’t withdraw, which leaves an incredible vacuum and allows for the development of things like ISIS.”
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