Fears of ISIS in America have become common after the Paris attacks. According to Ben Carson, Ann Coulter, and Marco Rubio, refugees from Syria pose a terrorist risk since it is possible the Islamic State could sneak its members among the tens of thousands slated to land in the United States.
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A new ISIS video is threatening an attack on Washington D.C. following in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.
“We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day, God willing, like France’s and, by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington,” said a member of the Islamic State in the new DAESH video.
This statement came mere days after President Barack claimed ISIS was “contained” as a threat to America. The French government has responded by attacking ISIS on multiple fronts.
The battle is also being waged on a political front. The threat of ISIS in America is looming over the planned Democratic debate, since Hillary Clinton wants to let 65,000 Syrian refugees into the United States.
In response to this idea, many Republicans are starting to say that letting Syrian refugees in America is a very bad idea, and multiple states have claimed they will refuse these refugees access to the country based upon perceived flaws in the screening process.
According to 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio, refugees could potentially include a planted ISIS mole.
“You can have a thousand people come in and 999 of them are just poor people fleeing oppression and violence,” Rubio told ABC News. “But one of them is an ISIS fighter — if that’s the case, you have a problem.”
This is actually a dramatic policy. Previously, Rubio claimed he wanted even more Syrian refugees to be allowed into the United States. This flip-flopping is highlighted by a Twitter post from Ann Coulter, who criticized the 2016 candidate.
Every year, the US imports 100K more Muslims to live here permanently. Rubio says he wants more. Why would anyone support him?
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 14, 2015
Part of the reason Rubio changed his mind was based upon reports that one of the ISIS terrorists snuck into France with the passport of a Syrian refugee.
Jeb Bush has gone so far as to suggest that Syrian refugees be filtered based upon religion.
“There are a lot of Christians in Syria that have no place now,” Bush told CNN. “They’ll be either executed or imprisoned, either by Assad or by ISIS. And I think we should have — we should focus our efforts as it relates to the Christians that are being slaughtered.”
Ann Coulter agrees with this position, saying that Muslim immigration into the U.S. should be stopped.
“Can we all agree now? No more Muslim immigration. How is this making life better for us? But the mass immigration machine churns on,” Coulter wrote on Twitter. “What’s the upside of letting millions of Muslims migrate to western countries?”
Why does NO ONE say the obvious thing on TV?! It’s insane. Don’t want terrorism in US? Stop importing Muslims! — Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 14, 2015
According to Ben Carson, refugees from Syria are not only a bad idea; Carson says President Obama’s plan requires a “suspension of intellect.”
“Bringing people into this country from that area of the world I think is a huge mistake, because why wouldn’t they infiltrate them with people who are ideologically opposed to us?” Carson asked, according to the Hill. “It would be foolish for them not to do that.”
Carson also said religious leaders should be putting pressure on Muslims to speak out against ISIS.
“The clerics, we need to be putting pressure on them to disavow what ISIS is doing,” Carson said. “You know, they can’t sit on the sideline here.”
The Republican also stated that if he were president, putting U.S. boots on the ground in order to fight the war on terror was an option.
“I don’t want to put a specific number on it, or indicate what types of people there are, because those are decisions that I think are made by people who have a tremendous amount of military experience and capability,” Carson said. “For me to pretend like I have all that knowledge and the ability to formulate all the specific plans and how to do it I think is foolish, and I think anybody else who thinks they know it all is foolish also.”
On Monday, the TV show The View hosted security expert Richard Clarke to discuss Marco Rubio’s refugees policy. Clarke slammed the Republican, since Rubio’s parents immigrated from Cuba.
“Marco Rubio is here because the United States lets in refugees,” Clarke said, according to the Wrap. “Marco Rubio is a citizen of the United States because his family were refugees that we allowed in, and now he wants to shut the door on refugees?”
Clarke also addressed concerns that allowing Syrian refugees could put ISIS in America.
“There is a process. If there’s any doubt at all, they’re not allowed in,” he said. “It takes 18 months, 24 months, while these people sit in wretched refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon. Marco Rubio doesn’t know what the process is. There is a process, and it’s worked.”
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