Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul warned of the dangers of President Obama's plan to import 10,000 Syrian refugees, citing one particularly poignant example of how bringing in refugees from terror-plagued regions poses a "great risk" to the American people.
"The Boston bombers came here as refugees," Paul told radio host Jeff Kuhner Friday. "We coddled them, we gave them free stuff, we gave them free housing, and yet, they decided to attack us, so there’s a great risk."
During the exchange, Sen. Paul called it a "mistake" for the Obama administration to attempt to "downplay" the risk posed by admitting thousands from war-torn Syrian—something a majority of Americans now oppose—and vowed to continue to fight the administration in the Senate.
While the family of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev did not technically gain entrance to the United States via the refugee program, they were admitted on a six-month visa and then subsequently applied for political asylum, which they were granted.
Mediaite notes that when Paul introduced a bill to the Senate to pause the granting of U.S. visas for refugees last week, he told Congress that while the poem beneath the Statue of Liberty announced "give me your tired, give me your poor," "it didn’t say come to our country and we’ll put you on welfare."
Despite President Obama's and the left-wing media's attempts to shame those who warn against admitting refugees via an inadequate vetting process, recent polls show that a majority of Americans side with Republicans on the issue. While the debate rages in the Senate, the House issued a strong rebuke of the president last week, with an overwhelming majority (including 47 House Democrats) voting to heighten the vetting process, a measure Obama has vowed to veto.