Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump joins the ranks of GOP politicians who oppose the Obama administration's plan to welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees.
“We have no documentation on these people,” Trump said at a Tennessee campaign rally on Nov. 16, according to Yahoo Politics. “And I said — you probably saw a couple weeks ago — I’m looking at this migration, it’s a terrible thing — I have a tremendous heart, I want to take care of people — you look at this migration, I said to my wife the other day: ‘You know, they seem like so many men.’”
Under Obama's plan, incoming refugees will face a 12- to 18-month security screening process before they are allowed to enter the country. Most of the 10,000 newcomers, who comprise less than one percent of the four million Syrians seeking refuge, are women and children.
Like many Republican politicians, Trump said that bringing in Syrian refugees is too great a danger to national security; however, he offered a unique solution.
"You take a big swatch and you don’t destroy all of Europe," the real estate mogul suggested. "What I’d like is build a safe zone, it’s here, build a big beautiful safe zone and you have whatever it is so people can live, and they’ll be happier.”
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who described Obama's plan as "nothing short of lunacy," joined Florida Gov. Jeb Bush urging the U.S. to only accept Christian refugees.
Obama fired back, calling it "shameful," particularly coming from individuals whose families "benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution."
“That’s not American," the president continued. "That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion.”
Under the Refugee Act of 1980, governors cannot legally block refugees from settling in their communities, notes the Associated Press.
Trump believes that the refugees are better suited to other countries, according to Yahoo Politics:
“They’re going to learn all these different languages. It’s ridiculous. The weather — a friend of mine lives in Minnesota. And he calls me, he says, ‘Can you imagine? It’s 130 degrees in Syria, and now they want to send some up to Minnesota, where it’s 30 degrees.’ Well, these people are going to be very, very unhappy.”