This week: Big government-hating Donald Trump wants to increase power of surveillance state to track Muslims; the facts on Syrian refugees, presidential hopefuls come out in favor of anti-refugee bill, and more.
Donald Trump In Favor Of Databases, Surveillance Of Syrian Refugees
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hit up Sunday morning talk shows to pronounce that Syrian refugees are not welcome in the United States, and that if he were President he wouldn’t be opposed to creating a “registry for all Muslims.”
Said Trumpto ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos, “We have no ideas who these people are. When the Syrians are going to start pouring into this country, we don’t know if they’re ISIS, we don’t know if it’s a Trojan horse. And I definitely want a database and other checks and balances. We want to go with watch lists. We want to go with databases.”
It should be known that since 2001, over 750,000 refugees have been settled in the US, and none of them has been arrested on suspicion of domestic terrorism.
The Facts About The Syrian Refugee Vetting Process
Following the Paris, Beirut and Baghdad attacks attributed to Daesh, many Americans have looked to Syrian refugees with an even more fearful eye, no doubt due at least in part to the hyperbole bellowed by many prominent American politicians.
So just what kinds of security checks does a Syrian refugee have to go through in order to enter this country? Quite a lot. Among other things, these refugees are screened by several different agencies — everyone from the U.N. High Commission for Refugees to the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center to the Departments of State, Defense and Homeland Security has a look. Learn more about this process at NPR.