Donald Trump shocked with another controversial statement: if he is elected president in 2016, he will not allow Syrian refugees seeking asylum in the United States to stay. Even worse, he’ll send them back to war-torn Syria, the place they were trying to escape.
Donald Trump, 69, has some bold ideas about his ideal presidency, but his latest statement might be the most outrageous: the 10,000 Syrian refugees President Obama has agreed to welcome to the United States will not only be allowed to stay in the country, but they’ll be sent back to Syria, where they’ve fled a civil war. Donald believes these desperate people trying to rebuild their lives could be members of terrorist group ISIS.
“I’m putting people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, they’re going back,” Donald said at an appearance at Keene High School in NH on September 30. “They could be ISIS …This could be one of the great tactical ploys of all time. A 200,000-man army maybe, or if you said 50,000 or 80,000 or 100,000, we got problems and that could be possible. I don’t know that it is, but it could be possible so they’re going back — they’re going back.”
Trump’s comments are especially controversial, and incredibly heartless, as at least four million refugees have fled Syria due to the four-year civil war ravaging their country; they’re trying to escape ISIS, whose members are murdering and torturing countless citizens!
Many are experiencing devastating, brutal hardship while attempting to get to Europe; an estimated 436,000 refugees are now located across the European Union. The United States has committed to welcoming 10,000 Syrian refugees to the country within the next year. Donald’s reaction to this news is very in line with his views on immigration — he thinks that many latino illegal immigrants are “rapists and murderers” — but just two weeks before his remarks in Keene, he had a completely different point of view on the Syrian crisis.
Asked if Syrian refugees should be allowed to come to the United States, he said: “I hate the concept of it, but on a humanitarian basis, with what’s happening, you have to. It’s living in hell in Syria. They are living in hell.” We’d love to know what changed his mind!
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— Samantha Wilson